Seaside sparrows caught between predators, rising seas

Source: Science Daily

Sea-level rise is a problem for saltmarsh birds, but so is predation, and birds sometimes find themselves caught between two threats: They can nest lower in vegetation to avoid predators, putting them at risk of flooding, or move up to keep dry but risk getting eaten. A new study finds that pressure from predators increases flooding risk for seaside sparrow nests — but that protecting them from predators could also mitigate the effects of climate change.