As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 20 July 2016

Albatross poo could be key to saving bird

12:13pm July 14, 2016

People usually do their best to avoid bird poo but a group of researchers has developed a fascination with the faeces of albatross to try and help save the threatened seabird species.

Julie McInnes is leading a study at Hobart's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, analysing the bird's diet to try and develop conservation and management strategies.

"There are very few sites where we can look at long term studies and see if the albatross diet is changing ... shy albatross in Tasmania stay around their colony during winter so we have access to the scats year-round and can compare winter and breeding season diets," Ms McInnes said.

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