Migratory Birds of the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
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Flying in the Fertilizer — Arctic seabirds bring life to a barren landscape. Seabirds in Canada's northern islands bring a mixed blessing to the landscape around them. The birds eat a lot of contaminated seafood, and scientists say chemicals in the bird droppings pollute parts of the Arctic landscape. But the bird waste is also filled with nutrients, and that brings life to places that would otherwise be desolate. >>

Birdwatching — Fishermen in Alaska work on a way to catch fish without getting any seabirds in the mix. Long line fishing is a big part of the fishing industry in Alaska, but the baited hooks can also catch seabirds unintentionally. Now the fishing crews are waving bright orange streamers off their boats to protect their bait and the future of some endangered waterfowl. >>

Beaks with a Beat — Some birds prefer percussion over song as a means to communicate. When a woodpecker hammers on a tree, it's not always digging for insects in the bark or branches. It might be drumming out a message. >>

ML Reeb writer: Laurence Wiland design: T. Yao