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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…

How to Give an Underwater Hearing Test to Seabirds

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How to Give an Underwater Hearing Test to Seabirds

Source: Hakai Magazine/Ashley Braun - August 30, 2016

The coasts are getting noisier, thanks to shipping, offshore drilling, wind turbines, naval sonar, and a slew of other ocean-based activities. While lots of research more…

Seabirds Are Eating the Plastic We’re Throwing in the Ocean

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Seabirds Are Eating the Plastic We’re Throwing in the Ocean

Source: Vice/Pierre-Louis Caron - September 3, 2015

The threat drifting plastic debris poses to marine wildlife is "global, pervasive and increasing," a study by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) more…

Analysis of Seabird Stomachs Provides Glimpse Into Changing Ocean

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Analysis of Seabird Stomachs Provides Glimpse Into Changing Ocean

Source: GPB/Lauren Rosenthal - September 3, 2015

NPR — On a rare sunny morning in the northern Pacific Ocean, biologist Douglas Causey takes to the sea to conduct his research binoculars in one hand, and more…