Since April, our Refuge Update page has been reporting on the disappearance of the birds from Seahorse Key. In June, the Friends News Brief mentioned it and several readers sent theories and tips about the possible cause. The Refuge staff appreciates those and is following up on them.
The Gainesville Sun recently carried a story about mystery. An Associated Press reporter came and interviewed Refuge staff about it and the story was placed on AP wire on July 7. The same day, the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC had a 4-minute segment about the story.
Here are links to several stories about the abandonment. Many are based on the Associated Press report:
Below is a link to a story that ran in 2010 and provides background about the rookery and its inhabitants.
National Geographic (link is no longer available)
We will keep you posted as new clues arise and data are gathered.
7/14/2015 07:30:45 am
Interesting to see how this is played out in the media. interesting to see how this is played out in the media has anyone done any photo documentation of this event ?
7/14/2015 08:48:25 am
The Refuge staff members are monitoring the secondary site, on a nearby island, where some of the birds went and re-nested.
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