Better bird nesting also good for giant manta rays
Disrupting tree canopies on a Pacific atoll has ecological consequences
By Susan Milius, 11:54 AM June 15, 2012
By following a pinball cascade of ecological consequences, researchers have traced the far-flung influences of preserving bird-friendly native forests versus replacing those forests with coconut palms on the Pacific atoll of Palmyra.
Red-footed boobies, black noddies and other seabirds that feast on fish nest in the islands’ sturdy, many-branched native trees, says ecologist Douglas McCauley of the University of California, Berkeley. The birds tend to avoid the branch-poor, bendy coconut palms...
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