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New publication on Shorebirds in the journal Nature

New research on shorebirds from the north slope of Alaska, published in the top scientific journal Nature, describes how pairs of shorebirds manage  the time spent incubating the eggs in their nest. Researchers funded in part by the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Arctic LCC) found  that each parent spends time on the nest, but how long they spend is determined by the way they defend the nest from predators. Birds that actively defend against predators tended to have shorter incubation shifts, whereas those that rely on camouflage on the tundra incubate for longer, presumably to avoid revealing the location of their nests to predators.

The paper can be found here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature20563

Posted on Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 by Arctic LCC Staff