03 Nov '11, 11am

No One-Size-Fits-All for Climate Change

No One-Size-Fits-All for Climate Change

P.R.B.O./Conservation Science Researchers measuring a Wilson’s warbler. As we noted here in a recent post, a substantial body of research indicates that species tend to become smaller as a result of global warming and other climate change patterns. So researchers in California were surprised to find that West Coast birds, on the contrary, have been growing larger in recent decades. “We went into this expecting to find that birds are getting smaller, because that’s what’s been seen before,” said Rae Goodman, a biologist and the lead author of a new paper detailing the trend in the journal Global Change Biology. “The finding that birds are getting bigger draws into question what’s driving the change in size.” Ms. Goodman and her colleagues analyzed data dating back 40 years from two different California bird observatories. Body-mass and wing-span measurements of nearly 33,00...

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