Birds are dropping dead across New Mexico and wildlife experts are trying to figure out why

BY CAITLIN O’KANE SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 /CBS NEWS

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ead birds are being found at an alarming rate in New Mexico, and wildlife experts are trying to figure out what is causing the “devastating” uptick, CBS Albuquerque affiliate KRQE reports.

Ecologist Martha Desmond, a professor at New Mexico State University’s Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology, told the station the trend started in late August when large numbers of birds were found dead at the White Sands Missile Range, a military testing area with a national park and wildlife refuge.

It was thought to be an isolated incident, but Desmond, who studies birds, now estimates hundreds of thousands of them are showing up dead across New Mexico.

“It’s devastating. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything this horrible in my life. When you’re there, you know, picking them up off the ground and seeing the extent of it and then looking at all these carcasses come in and you hear the stories from people across the state,” she told KRQE.

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