26 Dec '14, 1pm

When it comes to storm warnings, look to the birds

Their secret? The warblers can hear sounds that we can’t. “We looked at barometric pressure, wind speeds on the ground and at low elevations, and the precipitation, but none of these things that typically trigger birds to move had changed,” David Andersen of the University of Minnesota told The Guardian . “What we’re left with is something that allows them to detect a storm from a long distance, and the one thing that seems to be the most obvious is infrasound from tornadoes, which travels through the ground.” Infrasound is a low-frequency sound that humans are unable to hear, but which birds can use to detect danger before it strikes.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/when-it-comes-to-storm-warnings-look...

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