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Old 02-24-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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Default ‘Magic Mud’ Is Key To Canadian Shorebird Survival

"Every year, over half of all the world’s western sandpipers stop for a rest on the tidal flats just south of Vancouver, Canada. There they can be seen hopping and pecking around in the mud and water before continuing their northern migration. It turns out that what the birds are really after is biofilm, a dense, mucous-like layer that forms on the mud. According to Environment Canada researcher Robert Elner, part of an international team that made the discovery, biofilm is actually an energy-rich substance that can make up to 70 percent of the diet of small shorebirds."

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