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BRI's work on mercury in songbirds has been in the news recently including an article in National Geographic Online. Pictured here is a Yellow Warbler.

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Apr 8, 2019

BRI Publishes New Research on Bird Movement Patterns


BRI research on bird migration was recently published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography. The article, Large birds travel farther in homogeneous environments, compiled GPS tracking data from dozens of ornithologists around the globe to better understand how environmental factors (i.e., resource availability and arrangement) and other factors (i.e., taxonomy, body mass, diet, flight type, migratory status) affected bird movement patterns on the landscape at a global scale. The study found that bird movements were seven times longer in environments where resources were evenly distributed (i.e., homeogeneous) as compared to areas where resources were more variably distributed. This finding suggests that birds need to travel longer distances in homogeneous environments to meet their ecological needs, and that increasing global trends of habitat homogenization (i.e., intensification of agriculture) in some areas may have negative consequences for bird populations. The article can be found at the publisher’s website, here.

 
Photo Credits: Yellow Warbler © Ken Archer.
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