Vanishing sea ice in the Arctic could shake up seabird migrations

  • Researchers have developed a framework to aid in understanding the changes to seabird migration that could result from the loss of Arctic sea ice due to climate change.
  • The team found that one species, the little auk, would expend about half as much energy by shifting its migration from the North Atlantic to the North Pacific, rather than their traditional migration or if they just stayed put in the high Arctic.
  • The team also mined the scientific literature and found 29 bird species with the potential for a similar shift in their migratory routes.

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Last updated on 16 January 2020

Type: 
Media Watch
Threats: 
Climate Change
Species group: 
Birds