Beaches once thick with birds quiet thanks to Ike

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GILCHRIST, Texas (AP) - One of North America's renowned bird
migration and bird watching areas -- in Southeast Texas -- is
strangely silent.
Blame Hurricane Ike.
The storm came ashore September 13th, swamping the Galveston
area and Bolivar Peninsula.
The beachfront community of Gilchrist has little left standing
since Ike made landfall.
Bolivar Peninsula is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding
Trail, with nearby High Island a prime bird watching place and
traditional rest stop for migrating birds.
Ian Tizard (tiz-ARD') with the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center
at Texas A&M says High Island has been stripped of leaves, and a
lot of the trees are dying.
Tizard says now is when birds would normally be stopping at High
Island to top off with bugs before heading south.
But Tizard believes things will get better in the spring.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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