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GPS tracking for mapping seabird mortality induced by light pollution

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, June 2015
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Title
GPS tracking for mapping seabird mortality induced by light pollution
Published in
Scientific Reports, June 2015
DOI 10.1038/srep10670
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Authors

Airam Rodríguez, Beneharo Rodríguez, Juan J. Negro

Abstract

Light pollution and its consequences on ecosystems are increasing worldwide. Knowledge on the threshold levels of light pollution at which significant ecological impacts emerge and the size of dark refuges to maintain natural nocturnal processes is crucial to mitigate its negative consequences. Seabird fledglings are attracted by artificial lights when they leave their nest at night, causing high mortality. We used GPS data-loggers to track the flights of Cory's shearwater Calonectris diomedea fledglings from nest-burrows to ground, and to evaluate the light pollution levels of overflown areas on Tenerife, Canary Islands, using nocturnal, high-resolution satellite imagery. Birds were grounded at locations closer than 16 km from colonies in their maiden flights, and 50% were rescued within a 3 km radius from the nest-site. Most birds left the nests in the first three hours after sunset. Rescue locations showed radiance values greater than colonies, and flight distance was positively related to light pollution levels. Breeding habitat alteration by light pollution was more severe for inland colonies. We provide scientific-based information to manage dark refuges facilitating that fledglings from inland colonies reach the sea successfully. We also offer methodological approaches useful for other critically threatened petrel species grounded by light pollution.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Mexico 2 2%
Israel 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 121 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 20%
Student > Master 25 19%
Researcher 24 18%
Student > Bachelor 19 15%
Other 12 9%
Other 14 11%
Unknown 10 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 57 44%
Environmental Science 32 25%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 6 5%
Physics and Astronomy 6 5%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 3 2%
Other 10 8%
Unknown 16 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 58. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 07 May 2020.
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#359,003
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#4,204
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