17 Jan '12, 9pm

How Can We Save More Seabirds? Foraging Pattern Analysis is Key

How Can We Save More Seabirds? Foraging Pattern Analysis is Key

If you can't fully protect a wildlife habitat, the next best thing is to make sure that the parts that are protected are the most important ones and that they work well together to sustain a working ecosystem. For example, we know that protecting a relatively small fraction of the oceans - but in the right places - could greatly help protect marine mammals , and we know that wildlife corridors between protected "islands" are crucial.Scientists in the UK have been analyzing the foraging patterns of seabirds and this is helping them pinpoint the most important areas to protect to safeguard the birds. So far, most of the efforts have gone to protect breeding colonies directly, and that's great, but it won't be enough if the areas where the birds feed are not also protected. Wikipedia /CC BY 3.0 The team, which also included researchers from Birdlife International and the RSPB...

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