26 Jul '12, 7pm

Will Climate Change Trip Up Punctual Songbirds?

Will Climate Change Trip Up Punctual Songbirds?

Elizabeth Gow A male wood thrush with a “geolocator” around its legs fed its young. Each fall, mothers help their kids struggle into backpacks and watch them plod off to their first day of school. Bridget Stutchbury , professor of biology at York University, has a parallel routine: she mounts tiny geolocators on wood thrushes and watches them fly off to Nicaragua or Honduras for the winter. “Really, they are more like fanny packs than backpacks,” she said of the geolocators. “Birds have a different center of gravity, so they would fall over if the trackers weren’t slung low around their hips.” Dr. Stutchbury uses the penny-size trackers to study songbird migration. This week the journal PLoS One published results from her study, one of the first to track the migration of individual songbirds over multiple years. She and her colleagues found that the best predictor of when ...

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