The 2005 breeding failure highlights how anomalies in the climate can hit the bottom of the food web and then reverberate all the way up. While the auklets showed the most dramatic and immediate effects, the scientists say the lack of krill likely impacted everything from salmon to whales.
There are fears global warming will eventually wipe out the seabird colonies.
"What we are concerned about is that events like we saw last year are going to become more frequent because of climate change," Hipfner says. "That's what we're really worried about."...Read More
Tags: Birds, Climate Change, Global Warming