Endangered seabird shows surprising individual flexibility to adapt to climate change

How individual animals respond to climate change is key to whether populations will persist or go extinct. Many species are shifting their ranges as the environment warms, but up to now the mechanisms underlying this have been unclear. For Europe’s most endangered seabird, the Balearic shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus), new research has revealed that individual behavioral flexibility and not evolutionary selection is driving this species’ rapid migratory range shift.

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