10 Jan '18, 3am

Albatross Populations Suffer a Double Whammy of Human Activity

To suss out emerging patterns, Pardo and her colleagues analyzed sub-Antarctic albatross demographics dating back to 1972. They then combined their multi-model results with a four-year, on-the-ground study of the foraging behaviors and nesting grounds for more than 40,000 breeding individuals. With loads of data at their disposal, the scientists learned that, in addition to direct bycatch deaths, adult albatrosses were also succumbing to the more indirect effects of climate change. Over the last century, the South Georgia ecosystem has been plagued by higher temperatures , reduced sea-ice coverage, and stronger winds, which in turn have degraded former nest sites into hostile or unstable habitats. A stronger-than-usual El Niño in 2000 also led to severe food shortages for Gray-headed Albatrosses and eventually caused the population to crash. And throughout the Southern Oce...

Full article: http://www.audubon.org/news/albatross-populations-suffer-...

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