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

  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 Jesse R. Barber},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={12105 - 12109}
  • H. Ware, C. Mcclure, J. Barber
  • Published 31 August 2015
  • Environmental Science
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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… 

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