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Study Finds Climate Change May Make Snakes More Active, Which Impacts Mosquito-Eating Birds

A study from University of Missouri looked at 20 years of data and found more active snakes are having an impact on the populations of mosquito-eating wild birds.

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Posted: July 11, 2013, 11:15 a.m. PDT

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With warmer temperatures, snakes are directly impacting the Acadian flycatcher and other mosquito-eating birds.

With West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses still a large concern around the country, news out of University of Missouri doesn’t bode well for us or the wild birds that prey on mosquitoes and other agricultural pests. "A warmer climate may be causing snakes to become more active and seek more baby birds for food,” said John Faaborg, biologist and professor of biological sciences in University of Missouri's College of Arts and Science. Faaborg performed a study that found increased temperatures threaten birds, such as the Acadian flycatcher and Indigo Buntings, by making the snakes that prey on them more active.

"Although our study used 20 years of data from Missouri, similar threats to bird populations may occur around the world. Increased snake predation on [mosquito-eating] birds is an example of an indirect consequence that forecasts of the effects of climate change often do not take into account.” Faaborg said. Read more here.

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Sad is the only word I can think of after reading this story.
Traci, Glendale, OR
Posted: 7/25/2013 2:38:18 PM
Umm. I read this again.
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Posted: 7/13/2013 4:06:23 AM
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