11 Sep '17, 5pm

How do hurricanes affect birds?

How do hurricanes affect birds?

Songbirds affected by Hurricane Irma are traveling the Eastern flyway on a route that takes them through Florida and then across the Caribbean and into Central and South America. "These birds are very generally thrushes, warblers, flycatchers and sparrows," says Buler. This route takes advantage of westerly fall winds for these species. Other groups of birds also migrate along this flyway, including raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds , Buler says. The migration is called a loop migration because it's a route that will bring the birds back to the United States in the spring across the Gulf on the central flyway zone and into Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. ( In this paper , Frank La Sorte, a macroecologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, offers a more complete explanation of loop and other migrations. And for an up-to-date look at what birds are m...

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