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Seabirds found dead on New Zealand beaches in 1995

TitleSeabirds found dead on New Zealand beaches in 1995
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsTaylor, GA
Type of Articlereport
KeywordsFregata ariel, mortality, Morus serrator, Puffinus griseus, seabirds

During 1995, participants in the Beach Patrol Scheme patrolled 3498 km of the New Zealand coastline. There were 7625 dead seabirds of 55 species recovered by patrollers. In addition, beach patrollers found 156 birds of 28 non-seabird species. Unusual finds were the third specimen of a beach-wrecked Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) in New Zealand and five Kermadec Petrels (Pterodroma neglecta). Australasian Gannets (Morus serrator) wrecked in larger numbers than in any year since the start of the Beach Patrol Scheme. There were 648 birds recovered at an average rate of 22.2 birds per 100 km. A large wreck of Sooty Shearwaters (Puffinus griseus) occurred on Stewart Island in May 1995. Causes of seabird mortality are discussed in the paper.

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