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Auk Editor Pick - DNA Analysis of Bluebird Feces Reveals Benefits for Vineyards

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Do bluebirds nesting in California’s vineyards help grape growers by eating agricultural pests, or hurt them by eating insects that are beneficial? The researchers behind a new study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances found that bluebirds’ presence is likely a net positive—and they did it by analyzing DNA in bird poop. Read the press release at https://americanornithologypubsblog.org/2016/11/24/dna-analysis-of-bluebird-feces-reveals-benefits-for-vineyards/.

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