Foraging Ahead: Arctic seabirds forage in the absence of sea ice


Françoise Amélineau, a PhD student from the Université de Montpellier, recently investigated the impact of sea ice loss on North Atlantic seabirds known as little auks.

Amélineau and her colleagues compared little auks’ foraging habits during two breeding seasons on the east coast of Greenland. Whether sea ice was present or absent, they found, little auks foraged in the same areas, targeting the continental shelf and its edge for prey. When sea ice was absent, the birds targeted smaller species that were plentiful at the shelf break. Importantly, the change in diet did not affect the body condition of adult little auks or the growth of their chicks.

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article: Tessa Gregory
photo: Samuel Perret, Françoise Amélineau


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