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    Posted December 12, 2012 by
    Kendotm
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    Kendotm and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast
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    razorbill. Victim of Hurricane Sandy

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Kendotm, a retired surgeon in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, stopped at the Boynton Inlet in Boca Raton on Wednesday and noticed a large group of people with high-powered telescopes, binoculars, and long-lens cameras. He learned about their mission to view the razorbill, a puffin-like bird famous for wintering in a highly concentrated area in the Gulf of Maine.

    There have been more sightings of the razorbills in Florida in the past week than ever reported in the state's history, says Stephen Kress, Vice President for Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society and director of the Audubon's seabird restoration program.

    While Superstorm Sandy in October might have been a factor in moving the birds south, the razorbills are facing a larger problem caused by climate change, Kress said.

    'Part of this problem is that razorbills need to eat a lot of food,' Kress said.'They eat small fish, and they need to be in places where the foods supplies are abundant, and forage fish for razorbills are affected by temperature and ocean currents. We're seeing all along the coast, changes in the distribution of birds related to the amount of food which they can find.'

    Sadly, Kress said, most of the birds found in Florida will quite likely die because they're not finding the food they need.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Razorbill; Puffin like bird is sighted in South Florida; far South from it's wintering grounds in NJ NY Maryland. Possibly blown off course by Sandy? Birders "Flock" to South Fl. sightings by internet and social media and mimic the behavior of their subjects . Any other species affected by the storm?

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