Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Climate Change and the Redstart

Early environment may be key to migration location in the American Redstart according to a study by the University of Maryland and Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center of the National Zoo.
While these redstarts appear to be thriving today, the research team says their findings point to the need to consider conservation measures in the winter habitat.

"The models predict increasing drought in the Caribbean," says Studds. "Rain is very important to these birds. If their winter habitat gets drier and their departure dates get later, populations in southern areas could see big declines." Read More...

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