Migratory Songbirds Adapt to Climate Warming Through Flexible Breeding

Migratory Songbirds Adapt to Climate Warming Through Flexible Breeding

Recent results from research at Hubbard Brook indicate that black-throated blue warblers adjust breeding behavior in order to synchronize with a variable spring leaf-out. According to Nina Lany, postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University's Department of Forestry and Hubbard Brook scientist, "Our studies documented flexibility in the timing of nesting by a migratory bird species that allows most breeding pairs to adjust the timing of nesting in spring to just the amount needed to maximize breeding success. Such flexibility, although clearly beneficial at present, might have limits that could be exceeded as warming continues."

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