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 1 November 2017

What soot-covered, hundred-year-old birds can tell us about saving the environment

Museum collections track soot in the atmosphere throughout the 20th century

Date:  October 9, 2017
Source:  Field Museum

Birds in museum collections from Rust Belt cities around the turn of the century are covered with black soot from air pollution at the time. Scientists have compared the amount of soot on birds through the years to track environmental pollution over the last 135 years.

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