Do Arctic-nesting birds respond to earlier snowmelt? A multi-species study in north Yukon, Canada

  title={Do Arctic-nesting birds respond to earlier snowmelt? A multi-species study in north Yukon, Canada},
  author={Meagan M. Grabowski and Frank I. Doyle and Donald G. Reid and Dave Mossop and Darielle Talarico},
  journal={Polar Biology},
Climate change has altered the timing of many ecological processes, especially in the Arctic. The initiation of nesting is a key signal of phenological changes in Arctic-nesting birds, and is possibly connected to the circumpolar trend of earlier snowmelt. We collected data on lay dates of 7 bird species, representing shorebirds, passerines, a bird of prey, and seabirds, nesting on Herschel Island, Yukon, Canada, in the years 1984–1986 and 2007–2009. Snowmelt was significantly earlier in the… CONTINUE READING
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