FWC blames red tide for continued SWFL shorebird deaths

Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples said it treated 90 shorebirds, and only seven survived.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision is blaming red tide Friday.

The latest tests show good new for red tide. The conservancy said it is still getting all kinds of sick birds from Marco Island up to Bonita Beach.

“A lot of them are coming up with either wing problems, or they’re not breathing right,” Lucky Wheatley said. “And most of them have lost lungs and stuff.”

Wheatley said there is only one way to describe he has seen lately.

“It’s a bird-pocalypse,” Wheatley said.

A neighbor on Marco Island sent pictures to WINK News of dead birds seen Friday morning.

FWC released preliminary results for effects red tide is having on shorebirds. It evaluated five tern species and a species of shorebird that was taken in from a Marco resident’s beach.

“It seems like the state really needs to get a handle on the cause of red tide,” Tom Dougherty said.

Tom and Lynn Dougherty are worried what this means for not only Marco but all of Southwest Florida.

FWC encourages the public to report observations of dead birds to the Wild Bird Mortality reporting page.

Red tide map shows low concentrations for areas experiencing toxic algae in Southwest Florida – Photo by WINK News.
Reporter:Hannah Vogel
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