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California sea lion population rebounded to new highs

California sea lions have fully rebounded under the protection of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), with their population on the West Coast reaching carrying capacity in 2008 before unusually warm ocean conditions ...

dateJan 17, 2018 in Ecology
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Timing of spring birdsong provides climate insights

Climate change has scientists worried that birds' annual migration and reproduction will be thrown out of sync with the seasons. Because birds' songs are correlated with their breeding behavior and are easily identifiable ...

dateJan 17, 2018 in Ecology
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Genetic drift caught in action in invasive birds

Studies of island bird populations have taught us a lot about evolution, but it's hard to catch birds in the act of naturally colonizing new islands. Instead, a new study from The Auk: Ornithological Advances examines what's ...

dateJan 17, 2018 in Ecology
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Researchers find post-fire logging harms spotted owls

Wildlife ecologists studying the rare spotted owl in the forests of California have discovered that large, intense wildfires are not responsible for abandonment of breeding territories. Instead, the researchers found that ...

dateJan 17, 2018 in Ecology
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