Birds could predict storms in advance

Posted By Staff

Date: December 19th, 2014

goldenA new study published in the journal Current Biology found that golden-winged warblers could predict extreme weather events, thanks to their low-frequency hearing.

A recent storm in eastern Tennessee led to 84 tornadoes and killed 35 people, but the golden-winged warblers left in time to fly to safety.

Researchers discovered the birds’ capabilities by accident — they were testing whether the warblers could carry geolocators on their backs.

Before the storm hit, the birds left Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains, migrating an astonishing 400 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.  More

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