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Dying Birds

FILE--In this March 19, 2013 file photo, Gulls huddle on Beach Street along the Lake Michigan shoreline near the Muskegon, Mich. For more than a decade, scientists have struggled to figure out what's behind a rising number of Great Lakes waterfowl deaths from Type E botulism, a neuromuscular disease caused by eating contaminated fish. Government and university researchers are planning to monitor the drift patterns of bird carcasses in hopes of pinpointing where they became sick, which might be a first step toward a solution. (AP Photo/The Muskegon Chronicle)