Earlier this month, more than 1,000 birds died at a lake in Southern California, state wildlife officials announced.
The birds – mainly migratory waterfowl – such as Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Black-necked Stilts and Gull – died at Lake Salton after vomiting of an infectious bacterial disease called bird cholera caused by the bacterium Pasteurella multocida explained the Californian Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in a statement.  NEW YORK'S CENTRAL PARK IS NOW TO A RARE AND COLORFUL MANDARINE DUST
. Outbreaks such as those between 8 and 17 January occur quite often. They usually occur annually when birds migrate close to each other during flight migration, "said the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. The birds were found dead at the southern end of the lake, which is located in the desert near the Mexican border and is a common stop for migratory birds.
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"Birds are particularly susceptible to the disease in stressful times, especially when the birds The weather is cold and humid, "said the CDFW.
Altogether, the DFW from California said department officials and those who owned the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge collected more than 1,200 bird carcasses
The Associated Press contributed to this report.