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August 8, 2018

The Pyrenees mountains are getting warmer

When will the Southern European glaciers disappear?

Climate models predict warmer and drier conditions around the world, which for the mountain ranges of Europe will likely result in the loss of all glaciers in Spain, Italy, and the Balkans.

This project will study the current state of the glaciers in the Spanish and French Pyrenees. The main goal is to determine the volume of ice remaining in the mountains, in order to forecast when they will disappear completely and to understand the subsequent ecological and societal impacts of glacial loss. By the end of the year, this project plans to present findings to an international geosciences conference.

Featured Results

Crowdfunded scientific discoveries

Wild American crows gather around their dead to learn about danger

Observations of crows gathering and vocalizing around dead members of their own species led researchers to ask where this behavior comes from. 59 backers on Experiment funded a study to test the hypothesis that crows use these “funerals” to learn about dangerous places.

The results are found in the peer-reviewed publication Animal Behavior where the team demonstrated that the wild American crow can learn at sites where there is a dead member of their species.

Crows were presented a dead crow placed next to a predator, either a human or red-tailed hawk. The researchers noticed that the crows formed large mobs at the scene and were hesitant to approach food near these areas, suggesting that they learn about the dangers and remember people associated with those dangers. When the crows were presented with a dead pigeon instead of a dead crow, they did not elicit the same responses.

These results support the hypothesis that wild American crows gather around their dead to learn about environmental dangers.

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