Can migratory birds brave the winds of climate change?

Dec 20, 2018, 7:35 AM EST
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Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology studied the history of spring and autumn migrations of North American birds over several years and combined this information with wind data from 28 different climate change projections.

The team found that the winds from the south are likely to become stronger for both spring and fall migration periods, which will assist birds to head to north in the spring but sap their energy in autumn as they fly southwards into the headwinds, writes Phys.org.

The intersection of climate change and migration is intricate, impacted by many other forces such as temperatures, rainfall, and land cover, and the birds might be able to adapt their strategies to cope with the hurdles of changing conditions, as they have shown in the past, reports Science Daily.

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