Navigation Links
Snakes devour more mosquito-eating birds as climate change heats forests
Date:7/11/2013

Many birds feed on mosquitoes that spread the West Nile virus, a disease that killed 286 people in the United States in 2012 according to the Centers for Disease Control. Birds also eat insects that can be agricultural pests. However, rising temperatures threaten wild birds, including the Missouri-native Acadian flycatcher, by making snakes more active, according to University of Missouri biologist John Faaborg. He noted that farmers, public health officials and wildlife managers should be aware of complex indirect effects of climate change in addition to the more obvious influences of higher temperatures and irregular weather patterns.

"A warmer climate may be causing snakes to become more active and seek more baby birds for food," said Faaborg, professor of biological sciences in MU's College of Arts and Science. "Although our study used 20 years of data from Missouri, similar threats to bird populations may occur around the world. Increased snake predation on birds is an example of an indirect consequence that forecasts of the effects of climate change often do not take into account."

In the heart of Missouri's Ozark forest, cooler temperatures usually make snakes less active than in the edge of the forest or in smaller pockets of woodland. However, during abnormally hot years, even the interior of the forest increases in temperature. Since snakes are cold-blooded, warmer temperatures make the reptiles more active and increase their need for food. Previous studies using video cameras found that snakes are major predators of young birds.

Over the past twenty years, fewer young Acadian flycatchers (Empidonax virescens) survived during hotter years, according to research by Faaborg and his colleagues published in the journal Global Change Biology. Survival of young indigo buntings (Passerina cyanea) also decreased during warmer years. Faaborg suggested that a likely reason for decreased baby bird survival in hot y
'/>"/>

Contact: Tim Wall
walltj@missouri.edu
573-882-3346
University of Missouri-Columbia
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New paper examines poison resistance in snakes around the world
2. Robosquirrels versus rattlesnakes
3. Big-mouthed babies drove the evolution of giant island snakes
4. Scientists discover new type of virus responsible for a devastating disease in snakes
5. Snakes minus birds equals more spiders for Guam
6. Global warming beneficial to ratsnakes
7. Scientists discover reasons behind snakes shrinking heads
8. New study will help protect vulnerable birds from impacts of climate change
9. Not just for the birds: Man-made noise has ripple effects on plants, too
10. UCSB researchers find that less is more, for female cowbirds
11. Hitch-hiking with birds for life
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/1/2014)... a life without light. They emit echolocation sounds and use ... obstacles or prey. In their brains, they have a spatial ... researchers at Technische Universitt Mnchen (TUM) has shown for the ... , Closer objects appear larger , ... the number of activated neurons in its brain increases. As ...
(Date:8/31/2014)... highly infectious bacteria C. diff , that causes ... a team at the University of Leicester. , Using ... it is possible to identify the unique ,smell, of ... diagnosis of the condition., What is more, the Leicester ... strains of the disease simply from their smell ...
(Date:8/31/2014)... in Nature Climate Change , suggests that if ... not exceed, the global targets for total greenhouse gas (GHG) ... should all think carefully about the food we choose and ... world is just one of a number of actions that ... ensure there is enough food for all. , As ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Zooming in for a safe flight 2Scientists develop 'electronic nose' for rapid detection of C. diff infection 2Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change 2Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change 3Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change 4
... clear change in salinity has been detected in the ... global rainfall and evaporation cycle., In a paper published ... the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and ... of salinity in the global ocean during the past ...
... scientists has found there has been a massive reduction in ... of Antarctica.,Comparing detailed measurements taken during the Australian Antarctic program,s ... back to 1970, scientists estimate there has been as much ... Antarctic Bottom Water, the cold dense water that drives global ...
... Berlin, Germany, May 21, 2012 IMPACT World+, ... methodology was launched today in Berlin, Germany during the ... Meeting. The event featured the results of this innovative ... experts and researchers from five countries., The production and ...
Cached Biology News:Earth's water cycle intensifying with atmospheric warming 2Latest Southern Ocean research shows continuing deep ocean change 2Latest Southern Ocean research shows continuing deep ocean change 3Launch of IMPACT World+ 2
(Date:8/28/2014)... A new research platform uses a ... tiny structures undergoing stress and heating, an ... designs for microelectronics and batteries., This new ... about how heating and the surface stress ... Researchers have discussed the merits of surface-stress ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... 2014  Next month, executives from clinical trial marketing firm ... beginning with Patient-Centered Clinical Trials 2014 , to be ... , September 4-5. Patient recruitment experts Bonnie A. ... will share insights on the benefits of employing an ... – from media to mobile apps – can be used ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... work by a Florida State University research team has ... your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy ... like a butterfly. , Biwu Ma, associate professor in ... FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, created the molecule in a ... discover that his creation has many other unique capabilities. ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 ... of wholesale construction materials, selected SoundConnect ... of their cloud based audio and web conferencing ... configured to support PrimeSource’s employees’ needs. SoundConnect ... technologies. , PrimeSource Building Products will be ...
Breaking Biology Technology:New analytical technology reveals 'nanomechanical' surface traits 2New analytical technology reveals 'nanomechanical' surface traits 3BBK Worldwide Leads Sessions at Key September Events 2Novel 'butterfly' molecule could build new sensors, photoenergy conversion devices 2PrimeSource Chooses SoundConnect as Collaboration Provider 2
... accurately while minimizing ... 6 During his annual,physical check-up in March, David Kelver,s ... the right one looked a bit swollen. The,doctor concluded, however, ... own, and sent him home. Several months later, Kelver, a ...
... showing that Microsoft SQL Server ... 1 petabyte., REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 6 ... management and business,intelligence platform, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, ... scale new heights in data warehousing,and transaction processing., ...
... at Rodman & Renshaw,10th Annual Healthcare Conference" issued on ... over PR Newswire, we are advised by a,representative of ... the first paragraph. Complete, corrected release follows:, , ... the development of microRNA-based diagnostics, announced today it,will present ...
Cached Biology Technology:Cancer Care of Western New York Becomes First Center in Western New York to Treat Cancer with RapidArc(TM) Radiotherapy Technology from Varian Medical Systems 2Cancer Care of Western New York Becomes First Center in Western New York to Treat Cancer with RapidArc(TM) Radiotherapy Technology from Varian Medical Systems 3Cancer Care of Western New York Becomes First Center in Western New York to Treat Cancer with RapidArc(TM) Radiotherapy Technology from Varian Medical Systems 4Could Database Software Help Cure Alzheimer's and Save the Earth? 2Could Database Software Help Cure Alzheimer's and Save the Earth? 3/C O R R E C T I O N -- Rosetta Genomics Ltd/ 2/C O R R E C T I O N -- Rosetta Genomics Ltd/ 3/C O R R E C T I O N -- Rosetta Genomics Ltd/ 4/C O R R E C T I O N -- Rosetta Genomics Ltd/ 5/C O R R E C T I O N -- Rosetta Genomics Ltd/ 6
Mouse monoclonal [6C3] to JAB1 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 10987 SwissProtID: O15386...
Human TGF-beta RIIb Affinity Purified Polyclonal Ab...
Human FGF R2 (alpha isoforms) MAb (Clone 98706)...
dithiothreitol, sulfhydryl reducing agent, C4H10O2S2; MW: 154.24, 97% pure (minimum), CAS No: 27565-41-9, store at -20 C ...
Biology Products: