[MCN] American kestrels watching as farmers respond to climate change
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Journal of Animal Ecology - Early Edition - Version of Record online:
21 NOV 2016 |
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Earlier nesting by generalist predatory bird is associated with human
responses to climate change
Shawn H. Smith, Karen Steenhof, Christopher J.W. McClure and Julie A. Heath
American kestrels, inhabiting a mosaic of habitats, nested earlier in
response to earlier prey availability in agriculture, but not
wildlands. Prey in agriculture were earlier because farmers planted
crops earlier following warmer winters. This suggests an association
between human adaptation to climate change and shifts in breeding
phenology of wildlife.
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