Photo: Lost Seabirds Get Help in Peru
A number of seabirds reportedly find their way to the shores of Lima, Peru each year, but veterinarians and zoologists are worried these birds may have trouble getting back home.
This time of year, the Ringed Storm-petrels, also known as Hornby’s storm petrels, begin showing up in the yards and rooftops of Lima residents, and worried for their safety, a group of veterinarians is asking the public to help ensure the birds are able to return home - wherever that may be.
Though records of theses seabirds in Lima date back to 1964, researchers have yet to determine where they originate and make their nests.
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Another mystery about these birds is how they make their way to Lima. Some scientists believe that the youngest of the species are disorientated by the city’s bright lights and are knocked off-course. Others believe that over-fishing in the ocean is to blame, causing the Ringed Storm-petrell to go to land for food.
Experts are asking that the if people find these birds they should not feed them birdseed, bread, or corn, as these could kill the birds. Residents have been asked, should they find a ringed storm-petrel, to put it in a cloth-lined box and get in touch with Yovana Murillo, who is leading the group of zoologists and veterinarians working to protect the seabirds.