Are urban green spaces good spaces for migratory birds?

Posted by Amy Hester

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Are urban green spaces good spaces for migratory birds?

UTC Ornithology professor Dr. David Aborn has been performing a study on migratory birds and the relationship on whether or not urban green spaces are good living spaces for them or not. He determines this by putting leg bands on them to ID them and taking various measurements, such as wing span, and their weight and fat content. Dr. Aborn has been performing this ongoing study for 9 years now, and thus far, has come to the conclusion that urban green spaces are not good living spaces for migratory birds. The majority of bird species have a tendency to lose mass. He believes this is due to human intrusion. Every time a walker, jogger, or biker comes by the birds flush out of their resting area and burn fuel. Thus, resulting in a loss of body mass.

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