Birds avoid the sounds of roads

Birds avoid the sounds of roads

By Sarah Zielinski, 18:54 PM November 5, 2013

In the United States, you’re rarely far from a road. And as you get closer to one, or other bits of human infrastructure, bird populations decline. But are the birds avoiding our cars or the noises produced by them? Noise might be a big factor, scientists have reasoned, because they’ve seen declines in bird populations near noisy natural gas compressor sites.

It turns out that the sound of cars driving down a road is enough to deter many bird species from an area.

Researchers from Boise State U...

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