loons http://michiganradio.org en Why are Great Lakes birds dying from botulism? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-are-great-lakes-birds-dying-botulism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine walking down a picturesque beach along Lake Michigan, and stumbling upon the carcasses of dead birds. That’s a very real and unpleasant problem along Lakes Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Erie. (It’s not as big of an issue in Lake Superior because of the lake’s colder water temperatures.)</span></p><p>Loons and other deep-diving birds are suffering from a disease called avian botulism. It’s form of food poisoning that kills wild birds in the Great Lakes ecosystem.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:58:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15717 at http://michiganradio.org Why are Great Lakes birds dying from botulism? Botulism tied to soaring loon deaths in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/botulism-tied-soaring-loon-deaths-michigan <p>DETROIT (AP) - An increase in annual loon deaths from a strain of botulism is sounding alarms among Michigan wildlife officials.<br><br>The Detroit News reports that it's been common over the years for common loon deaths to hit the hundreds but the numbers reached several thousand in in 2010 and 2012. Experts say invasive species such as mussels and gobies, and algae called Cladophora may be factors.<br> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:45:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14036 at http://michiganradio.org Botulism tied to soaring loon deaths in Michigan