21,000 Birds Killed In France By Winter Storms
Violent storms that have battered France and other parts of Europe this winter are to blame for the deaths of thousands of birds, according to French society for the protection of birds.
A total of 21,341 dead birds were found in western France by 500 volunteers working on three weekends, the French League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) said in a statement Wednesday.
France has not seen a bird "slaughter" this large since 1900, the Agence France-Presse reports.
The worst-affected species were the Atlantic puffin, the common murre and the razor-billed auk, LPO said.
Nearly 2,800 injured birds were taken to rescue centers, the league said.