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Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) discovered by sam (#8047)

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Observed: March 9, 2016 @ 5:30 PM
Posted on: March 29, 2016 @ 10:39 AM (diff: 20 days)
WE saw only Murre that day. A far cry from the 60s and 70s, when there would be flocks(companies, we called it), in the thousands. they were hunted extensively, I was one of them. never any thouight for the stocks, guess we thought they were endsless. conservation wasn't a word!!!!. Everone ate a lot of birds and wildlife back then. now taste buds have changed..some years ago we erealized the birds were getting scarcer. then the Murres came under the Migratory system. the daily quota was set at 20 Murres per day. the numbers still declined, so much so that now on a gfiven hunting trip one is lucky to get 1-ten birds. today we travelled 80-90 nautical miles and saw 1 Murre. it was so wary we didn't get that one. burned 20-25 imperial gallons of gas!!!!. I think the Murre population is in dire straits. that is contrary to the findings of the wildlife , who says the Murre population is in great shape , and actually khave increased at the nesting colonies. also that the Murres have changed their migration habits, and winters offshore. I listened to a wildlife biologist on radio a month ago and that is what she told the moderator. I have tropublke with these statements. and also when she was asked why the Murres don't come close to shore she didn't give an answer I could understand. One one thing she didn't comment on was the unavailable of food in the bays. That is one of the reasons I believe. when we got birds in the past, they would be full of small fishes, many of them just eaten or some still alive. we called them Whitefish. now I know they weren't Whitefish , but capelin. I would like to hear other comments., like or opposed. I want some answers. further, from the breeding colonies to the following winter they are subjected to oil and other pollutants, which could dimish the survival of the fragile young.

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