‘I Was Just in Shock’: Mass Bird Death Reported in New York City

‘I Was Just in Shock’: Mass Bird Death Reported in New York City

When Melissa Breyer packed up her bag on Monday night for her Tuesday morning volunteer shift with NYC Audubon, she decided to seriously prepare. Her task wasn’t to take part in a bird count—at least not a count of living birds. She was taking part in Project Safe Flight, an effort to track how many migratory birds die navigating New York. She loaded up her backpack with dozens of plastic bags to carry bird carcasses as well as paper bags outfitted to gingerly transport injured birds to caretakers—several times the number of bags that she normally brings with her on a shift. The forecasts were showing that a lot of migrating birds would be flying into the city on Monday night and Tuesday morning, and she wanted to be prepared. …
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