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SHIFT IN SEASON CAUSES BIRDS TO LAY EGGS EARLY

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According to a new study, as climate change causes early springs over much of North America many birds are laying their eggs earlier in the year, adding to accumulating evidence that global warming is upending ecological behaviours. Important natural phenomena such as migration and reproduction are disrupted, as are pest and allergy seasons.”

“It was shocking to find this,” John Bates said who is the lead author of the study and the Field Museum’s curator of birds.

“What we can see clearly indicates that climate change is having a significant impact on bird behaviour.”

Scientists in the United States studied bird nesting trends using egg samples collected in the Chicago area. They discovered that more than a third of the 72 species for which historical and current data is available are now nesting much earlier in the year than they were previously. According to the study, bluejays, yellow warblers, and field sparrows are laying earlier than they did 100 years ago.The majority of the birds in the data eat insects, and those insects eat plants. As a result, the entire ecosystem is interconnected, according to Bates.

“These strain haven’t necessarily doomed anything to extinction, but they are definitely changing the conditions that all of these organisms are dealing with,”

said Bates. “And that could have really significant issues, and anything like that could have potential human research locations as well.”

According to a 2020 study, approximately 3 billion birds have vanished from the United States and Canada since 1970. It accounts for nearly one-third of all bird populations. According to the researchers, the losses have been “staggering.” Sparrows, blackbirds, warblers, and finches are among the most affected. Another study found that climate change is reducing the number of migrating birds in North America. A subsequent study discovered that birds with larger brains compared to their physical size do not shrink as much as those with smaller brains.

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