By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press Writer
Mon Sep 22, 5:27 AM ET
COLEHARBOR, N.D. - Death comes from above and below for birds on the causeway that separates Lake Audubon from Lake Sakakawea along the Missouri River.
Biologists believe overhead electrical power lines and car collisions make the two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 83 through the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge one of the world's deadliest places for birds, on land or air.
Recently, biologist Darren Doderer located casualty No. 373, a mangled and bloodied double-crested cormorant that appeared to have hit one of the dozen or so unmarked overhead power lines.
"It's not fun to see these deaths," said Doderer, who estimated he's walked about 500 miles in the area searching for dead birds since April.