Dead Birds Found In North Florida

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Beachgoers in north Florida have noticed dozens of dead sea birds on the sand recently, but wildlife officials say there’s nothing to worry about.

The Times-Union ( ) reports that a member of the Jacksonville Waterways Commission found the dead sea birds recently. The birds included gannets and pelicans that had died and washed ashore between Atlantic Beach and Guana Preserve in North St. Johns County.

Officials with the Bird Emergency Aid & Kare Sanctuary and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say the increase in dead sea birds is simply a result of the migration patterns of the birds, which take them over Florida. Experts say many of the birds simply become exhausted and die over open water and wash ashore.

Source: Associated Press