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Cranes, puffins, and climate change

August 3, 2018

The Washington Post tells the story of Walnut, a white-naped crane who imprinted on humans, and Chris Crowe, the bird keeper who keeps her happy.

Puffin populations continue to decline.

Joseph Grinnel was one of those amazing naturalists who spent years of hard work gathering a variety of information about birds and other vertebrates in the west. A century or more past, when that required considerable physical effort. Because of that, biologists today can look at how animal behavior has changed, in response to changing climate. I am not at all surprised that birds exhibit behavioral flexibility in ways previously not known. When you’re living in the rough, you adapt to conditions as you can. Even if you’re a bird.

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