Seabirds by the Ocean

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Seabirds are birds that have tailored to living close to saline different wise understand as H2O atmosphere. Seabirds do home in sized, lifestyle, and overall look, and every one ocean birds depend on the ocean or ocean marine life for half if not all of their everyday lives. 

The most documented sorts are gulls, auks, pelicans, albatrosses, and penguins. The variations of most seabirds still hold many physical traits that seabirds have in common. The traits are webbed that yield higher quality for not solely land for for water once swimming to catch their marine prey. the colors of seabirds are usually targeted on white, black, or gray, that act because the natural beach like camouflage once close to the ocean. 

Seabirds diet are based mostly upon marine life, and plenty of seabirds will fly miles simply to get their meal. 

Common Sources of food for seabirds include: Fish

Gulls adapt well, and are common birds that even visit the cities from time to time. historically, seagulls have lived around water and by rivers or by synthetic reservoirs. Urban seagulls are what we tend to see in parking areas among our cities and nowadays on rooftops avoiding predators like the native urban red fox and by living on our roofs the baby chicks have the next survival rate than nesting chicks on beaches or on open lands. Peter Rock a urban gull skilled declared we’ve got a calculable 100,000 pairs of breeding urban gulls on rooftops in our cities and among cities. Read more about urban seabirds: Link

Seabirds Eating Plastic

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Plastic is a large problem to seabirds and most of our seabirds today are full of micro plastic. Red seems to be the most attracted color of plastic on beaches and you will find less red over blues, and other colors of micro plastic washing onto our beaches one wave at a time. When we are speaking about plastic it’s almost over the top unbelievable how large of problem plastic has became for land and our one world ocean. 

Wood Stork of Florida photo taken out side of Mimi beach.

What Percent of Plastic is eaten by seabirds

Photo a snowy egret in Marco Islands beach Florida.

With all the plastic trash is flowing into the oceans the seaside seabirds are being effected so greatly that 99 percent of all sea birds have consumed plastic and if the rate doesn’t lower almost all sea birds will become affected by sea plastic by 2025. Link: Scientist have been tracking plastic being ingested by seabirds for decades. The first plastic found in a seabirds stomach was in 1960 and was less than five percent and by the 1980’s this percent jumped up to 80 percent. In Oregon the Osprey that resides on local rivers is making a come back and on the Oregon Coast the Snowy Plover is also doing amazing on Oregon beaches with help from the State protecting the nesting areas allowing populations to thrive. Read more by the NCEAS

Global Plastic Production Doubles Annually

Worldwide factories are producing approximately 400 million tonnes of plastic every year. 
So much plastic in our oceans, landfills, and on our streets in our cities. Today everything you look at and the computer I’m using to publish this article is made from plastic. Blaming others is what most everyone does and many feel the ocean is polluted by other countries over the United States having anything to do with the large growing rates of plastics. Untied States is responsible for at least 50% of ocean plastics. 

Plastics was once good news and later is one of the most horrifying news story ever and solutions are not something that come easy. The Ocean Clean Up raised over 31 million dollars and thought they could cleanup plastic in the middie of the ocean with waves in the mix. Plastic begins on land and is best cleaned up as the waves wash million of pounds of plastic onto beaches everyday. All over the world we have geared up and built thousands of machines that collectively produce plastic soft drink lids and water bottles at the rate of nearly twenty thousand per second. Look at the graph below of the production of Global Plastics by UN GRID ARENDAL

Photo of a snowy egret taking in Florida.

How plastic ends up in our food chain

Plastic is very complex but have been intentionally made of a primary source and a secondary source. Micorplastics originating from primary souses it may be possible to identify specific source of plastic but floating plastic seems to show the different types collected on beaches. Polyethylene microplastics are what Ocean Blue is removing from beaches in large numbers on the West coast that floats onto beaches with every wave that crashes on the beaches. Nurdles or mermaid tears are nick names for the tiny plastic pellets found today on many beaches due to over production using the sea as a highway to recycle plastic water bottles. 

Larger side to plastic pollution Fibers or particles that happens during cutting or polishing or molding during production of a plastic based product that cause so many emission to be released in many. 

Plastic first can be like a plastic 55 gallon barrel or a plastic box that breaks in to smaller fragments that ends up churned or degrades by the Sun into tiny microplastics that end up in our shellfish, birds, and our fish consumers eat to consume protein. The health affects of humans Ocean Blue has not researched or understands but all any of us can do is avoid single use plastic the best we can. Other birds that will suffer due to climate change are emperor Penguin colonies will suffer due to snow melting. 

Brown Pelican Life History
Wandering Albatross
Northern Gannet 
Seabird Breeding Behavior
Snowy Plover of Oregon

Sea Bird Questions and Answers

What happens to ocean birds in a storm?
why are there so many seagulls inland, far away from the sea?
what types of California birds both fly and dive into water?
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What are some great random facts?
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Can you keep a penguin as a pet?
What are some really cool ways animals defend themselves?
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What are some of the most mind-blowing facts?
What is the rarest fish in the world?
What’s the best 5-7 day itinerary for a trip to Iceland?
What is your favorite place you have visited in the world?
In what direction do puffins go when they migrate?
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What animals begin with the letter X?
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What’s a penguin’s weakness?
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Links for the curious minds:
Large Animals of The Sea
Osprey of our waterways
Birds fading away