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A Laysan Duck grabs a grub (Midway Emerald Beetle larvae) on Eastern Island. Photo credit: Megan Dalton.
October 11, 2019

Midway is the world’s largest albatross colony and provides globally significant breeding grounds and migration stopover points for more than 3 million birds from nearly 30 different species. Midway is a “seabird island,” because seabirds function as keystone species—many other species depend on albatross and other seabirds that bring marine-derived nutrients via guano (bird poop) as well as fish scraps...Research on Midway Atoll seeks to uncover the hidden impacts that invasive mice have beyond seabirds to the ecosystem-wide impacts on bugs and plants.

 

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