Scientists' tracking of seabirds yields clues to health of oceans

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Scientists in Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador are keeping a close watch on a species of seabirds known as thick-billed murres, which they say could provide clues about the health of the ocean waters around Canada.

An estimated four million thick-billed murres nest in Nunavut, but they have also been seen and harvested in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Greenland.

Scientists say they provide a good indication on the health of oceans, particularly how they're affected by a changing climate, sea ice conditions, development and the presence of contaminants such as mercury.

A research team, which includes members from Canadian universities and the Canadian Wildlife Service, attached geo-locating microchips to some thick-billed murres last year to record light and temperature conditions and to track the birds' movements.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 11:02 PM EDT Question ?

At the Victoria New Nest, TINY has falled from thes nest, can you informe me if TINY has survived.

I'd appreciate receiving an answer. Ilive in Québec and follow thew Bird's evolution.

 

Thank You

Roland Langevin

roland.langevin@videotron.ca

 

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