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Lighting leads endangered, threatened birds to fall from sky

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is working to resolve a lighting issue at its Kokee Air Force Station that is causing endangered and threatened birds to fall from the sky.

The Garden Island reports that more than 126 birds have fallen around the 10-acre station, 10 of which have died. Most of the injured birds are Newell's shearwaters, which are listed as a threatened species. Endangered Hawaiian petrels have also been affected.

Officials say the problem is likely caused by misdirected lights combined with foggy weather. Shearwaters fly over land at night and can become distracted by lights, causing them to hit objects or fly until exhaustion.

Air Force spokeswoman Anastasia Wasem says they are trying to find the cause of the sudden rash of falls.

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