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Blinded by the light: Birds lured into ecological traps by light pollution

Blinded by the light: Birds lured into ecological traps by light pollution

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Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Humans aren't the only animal drawn to the bright lights of the big city. New research suggests urban light pollution attracts migrating birds, luring them into ecological traps.As birds in the Northern Hemisphere trek southward during the fall, they make stopovers en route to their wintering grounds. Most species travel from stopover to stopover at night. Scientists were able to use data from 16 weather surveillance radars to track the movements of migrating birds."Shortly after sunset, at around civil twilight, they all take off in these well-synchronized flights that show up as a sudden bloom of reflectivity on the radar," Jeff Buler, an ecologist at the University of Delaware, said in a news release. "We take a snapshot of that, which allows us to map out where they we...