The New York Times reported on a study showing the impact of noise on forest habitats. Recent findings and earlier studies discovered:
- areas with human noise pollution saw more black-chinned hummingbirds and less jays
- hummingbirds, who pollinated flowers seek noisy areas to avoid jays who eat their eggs and nestlings
- areas with human noise pollution had more flowers and less trees
- pinyon pines, which depend on jays to disperse their seeds, decrease in number
- pinyon pine seeds supplies are depleted due to a lack of jays and larger seed-eating mouse populations in noisy areas
- 1000 species of fungi, insects, arthropods, mammals and birds depend on pinyon pines
Read full story at: a Noise Pollution Is Changing Forests – NYTimes.com.