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Default 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
Nov. 8, 2010

Free as a bird? Human development affects bird flight patterns and populations
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It may seem like birds have the freedom to fly wherever they like, but researchers at the University of Missouri have shown that what's on the ground has a great effect on where a bird flies. This information could be used by foresters and urban planners to improve bird habitats that would help maintain strong bird populations.

"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...
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