Dead Birds Float Ashore at Great Salt Lake

Thousands of dead birds are washing up on the Great Salt Lake shore. Last fall more than 15,000 birds (mostly eared grebes) were killed from Avian cholera.

The bacteria does not affect people or other animals, and the birds have been dead for long enough that they are no longer carriers of it. Scientists say the 15,000 deaths won’t hurt the overall population because hundreds of thousands of birds migrate through the area annually.

Once temperatures rise and the birds hit the shoreline, they will decompose in about two days.


2 Responses to “Dead Birds Float Ashore at Great Salt Lake”

  1. Here are some photos of the avian cholera die off:

  2. Thank you Charles. The photos show what words can not express. It’s a horrible situation.

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