Noise pollution hurts…trees?

BBC– If you think about noise pollution (noise from cars, airplanes, boats, construction sites, etc.), you can imagine it hurting whales, birds, and bats.  Because birds are intricately tied to the forest ecosystem, noise pollution can also hurt trees.

A new study found that in noisy areas, fewer tree seeds were being buried by birds, and seeds were instead being eaten by mice.  Birds were avoiding the noisy areas, and their little mice prey could run free.  This means that fewer new trees were growing to replace old dead trees.

Without a change in noise pollution, this forest habitat will shrink.

 

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