New Mexico Sees Massive Migratory Bird Deaths

“LAS CRUCES – Biologists from New Mexico State University and White Sands Missile Range examined nearly 300 dead migratory birds Saturday at Knox Hall on the university's main campus.

Over the past few weeks, various species of migratory birds are dying in “unprecedented” numbers of unknown causes, reported Martha Desmond, a professor at NMSU's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology.

“It is terribly frightening,” Desmond said. “We've never seen anything like this. … We're losing probably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of migratory birds.””

Algernon D'Ammassa reports for the Las Cruces Sun-News September 12, 2020.