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Old 09-24-2010, 02:53 PM   #1
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chickadee Free as a Bird? Human Development Affects Bird Flight Patterns and Populations

Free as a Bird? Human Development Affects Bird Flight Patterns and Populations
ScienceDaily
Aug. 31, 2010

Free as a bird? Human development affects bird flight patterns and populations
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"Movement of individuals influences nearly every aspect of biology, from the existence of a single population to interactions within and among species," said Dylan Kesler, assistant professor in fisheries and wildlife at the University of Missouri's School of Natural Resources. "Movement determines where individual birds procreate. How they spread across the landscape affects who meets whom, which in turn dictates how genes are spread."

Kesler has found that non-migrating resident birds tend to travel over forest "corridors," which are areas protected by...
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