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Why this Matters: It’s difficult for scientists to research long-term data trends since they often work in small teams, in small geographic areas. This is even more of a challenge with climate change issues. Allison Salas, a researcher that helped develop the iNaturalist study, told the Guardian. “With increasing changes to climate and rising temperatures, we do not have time to collect the data — things are changing faster than we can keep up with.” Researchers are depending on citizen scientists and bird watchers to collect data to help them understand the effects of climate change on birds. It’s working — citizens have recorded as many as 100 million bird observations per year.
That said, birds are incredibly sensitive to air pollution, so scientists suggest smoke poisoning could be a factor.Birds have a unique, sensitive respiratory system — they inhale and exhale at the same time. As the Guardian explains, “[t]o do this, birds use tube-like structures—parabronchi—which have sacs and capillaries all over them to allow for this simultaneous gas exchange.” Smoke damage can damage those bubbles, making it more difficult for birds to breathe. With citizen scientists and birdwatchers aiding the cause, hopefully scientists will discover the cause of this mass die-off.
What You Can Do:Sign up for iNaturalist, a partnership between the California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic, and start uploading what you find. Everyone can help conserve biodiversity! #30×30
Scientists have long known that some reptiles — like lizards and geckos — can regrow their tails. But they recently learned that alligators can do the same, CNN reports. This was a surprise to scientists, who used advanced imaging techniques to discover that juvenile alligators also have the ability to regrow their tails up to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Dozens of animals are using Utah’s largest wildlife overpass sooner than expected, and experts are excited about what this means for the safety of people and local wildlife. The overpass, which was built over Interstate 80 in Utah, is 50 feet wide and 320 feet long and serves as […]
Why This Matters: There are approximately 7 billion birds in North America. Harmful industrial practices in the U.S. kill an estimated 450 million to 1.1 billion birds each year in the U.S., according to estimates by the Fish and Wildlife Service.
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