A phantom road experiment reveals traffic noise is an invisible source of habitat degradation

@article{Ware2015APR,
  title={A phantom road experiment reveals traffic noise is an invisible source of habitat degradation},
  author={Heidi E Ware and Christopher J. W. McClure and Jay D. Carlisle and J. Barber},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2015},
  volume={112},
  pages={12105 - 12109}
}
Significance Using landscape-scale traffic noise playbacks to create a “phantom road,” we find that noise, apart from other factors present near roads, degrades the value of habitat for migrating songbirds. We found that nearly one third of the bird community avoided the phantom road. For some bird species that remained despite noise exposure, body condition and stopover efficiency (ability to gain body condition over time) decreased compared with control conditions. These findings have broad… Expand
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