Biologists investigate after finding dozens of dead ducks near a rainwater runoff in a southeastern Calgary park.
Brett Boukall, a senior wildlife biologist at Alberta Environment and Parks, said the authorities around the 10 o'clock had been informed on Wednesday. He said samples would be sent to the lab, and he hopes they have more information in a week become.
Olav Rokne, a spokesperson for the agency, said that they currently do not exactly have the number of dead birds "It has been found that it is more than a dozen."
"Our biologists have gone to the construction site to collect samples of individual dead birds," he said, adding that they are working in partnership with the city
Calgarian Wayne Clarke shared photos of the dead birds with CBC News including a close-up of a bird that seemed to have a well-preserved head and wings while the corpse might have been caught.
Rokne said it appears that the dead birds are only near the rainwater drainage areas in southeastern Calgary Park.
He said in winter that it is common for waterfowl to gather in open water areas such as the Bow River or the storm water ponds and whitewater areas. Temperature lowers the areas of available open water decline, l overcrowding.
"For those birds that remain in these crowded, open waters, there can be hunger, extreme exposure and even diseases that can lead to deaths." It's too early to say for sure but this could be the cause of the incident at Elliston Park, "he said.
He said that there have been similar incidents in the past, especially when the temperature drops to -30. 1