Factors affecting mortality of shearwaters stranded by light pollution

  title={Factors affecting mortality of shearwaters stranded by light pollution},
  author={A. Rodr{\'i}guez and Beneharo Rodr{\'i}guez and Ana Curbelo and Alain Joseph Perez and Shaster Marrero and Juan J. Negro},
  journal={Animal Conservation},
Every year and across the world, thousands of fledglings of different petrel species crash into human structures because they are disorientated by artificial lights during their first flights. As this phenomenon is rather predictable, rescue campaigns are organized to help birds to reach the ocean, but unfortunately, a low proportion gets hurt or dies. Despite the huge number of affected individuals, and the fact that the problem was detected a long time ago, little is known on this source of… 

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