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A One-Two Punch: Overfishing and Climate Change Are Pushing Seabirds Towards Extinction

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A One-Two Punch: Overfishing and Climate Change Are Pushing Seabirds Towards Extinction

Source: The Guardian/Matthew Taylor - December 14, 2017

Overfishing and climate change are pushing some of the world’s most iconic seabirds to the brink of extinction, according to a new report.

The study more…

Mercury Declines in Seabirds Are a Result of Diet, Not Emissions Control

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Mercury Declines in Seabirds Are a Result of Diet, Not Emissions Control

Source: The Conversation/Kyle Elliott/Mehrnoosh Azodi - November 27, 2017

For 47 years, biologists have plucked eggs from seabird nests along the British Columbia coast. Many of the eggs were collected from remote rocky islands more…

How Not to Kill an Albatross: By Making One Simple Change, Fishermen Can Save These Endangered Seabirds

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How Not to Kill an Albatross: By Making One Simple Change, Fishermen Can Save These Endangered Seabirds

Source: Hakai Magazine/Ashley Braun - November 13, 2017

On April 11, 2011, a seabird drowned in fishing gear off the coast of Oregon. While this happens quite often, the death of this particular more…

Penguin Talk: Scientists Find Penguin’s Calls Are Influenced By Their Habitat

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Penguin Talk: Scientists Find Penguin’s Calls Are Influenced By Their Habitat

Source: Phys.org/American Ornithological Society - November 3, 2017

Birds use vocalizations to attract mates, defend territories, and recognize fellow members of their species. But while we know a lot about how variations in more…

Insights From a Puffin Scientist

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Insights From a Puffin Scientist

Source: Phys.org/PlanetEarth Online/Mark Newell - October 31, 2017

The future looks brighter for the colourful puffins on the Isle of May off the coast of Fife in Scotland, where experts from NERC's Centre more…

How Do Seabirds Navigate The Open Ocean? The Answer Lies in Their Sense of Smell

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How Do Seabirds Navigate The Open Ocean? The Answer Lies in Their Sense of Smell

Source: Science Daily/University of Oxford - August 30, 2017

How do birds navigate over long distances? This complex question has been the subject of debate and controversy among scientists for decades, with Earth's magnetic more…

Could Lasers Protect Seabirds in Hawaii From Power Line Collisions?

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Could Lasers Protect Seabirds in Hawaii From Power Line Collisions?

Source: Hakai Magazine/Ashley Braun - June 16, 2017

When a seabird zipping through Hawai‘i’s night sky hits a power line, you can hear it.

“They make this Star Wars-esque laser sound, like tawong-wow-ow-ow,” says more…

Effects of Sea Level Rise Could Push Coastal Nesting Birds to Extinction

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Effects of Sea Level Rise Could Push Coastal Nesting Birds to Extinction

Source: Phys.org/Australian National University - June 5, 2017

Rising sea levels and more frequent flooding events may drive coastal nesting birds around the world to extinction, a team of international researchers say following more…

New Research Reveals Birds May be Drawn to the Scent of Plastic

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New Research Reveals Birds May be Drawn to the Scent of Plastic

Source: The Boston Globe/Tatiana Schlossberg - November 11, 2016

Over the vast plains of the open ocean, where wave lines may be the only markers, seabirds, including albatrosses, manage to find food.

They feed more…

The Oceans Are Full of Plastic, But Why Do Seabirds Eat It?

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The Oceans Are Full of Plastic, But Why Do Seabirds Eat It?

Source: The Conversation/Matthew Savoca, University of California, Davis - November 10, 2016

Imagine that you are constantly eating, but slowly starving to death. Hundreds of species of marine mammals, fish, birds, and sea turtles face this risk more…