An examination of interactions between bird and foundation plants in an arid ecosystem.

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March 17, 2020

An examination of interactions between bird and foundation plants in an arid ecosystem.

Positive interactions between plants and animals create habitat infrastructure on which many species rely, especially when the promotion of foundation species is involved. Mutualistic interactions between plants and birds (like pollination or seed dispersal) are dependent on both plant and bird phenology or cyclic/seasonal changes. However, phenology is plastic as photoperiod and temperature largely determine flowering & fruiting for plants and migration & breeding for birds. As our climate changes and habitats degrade, we must understand what interactions are at risk. That's why, in this study, we examined the relationships between birds, their community, their behavior, and their microhabitat associations.

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Malory

March 17, 2020
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