Researcher at the CESAM/DBio is one of the authors of a comment published on Science
Published in 24/6/2019
Climate and ecosystems are changing globally, but predation on shorebird (or wader) nests changed little across the globe over the past decades, finds an international team of 60 researchers. The study was published in Science on 14 June 2019, and challenges a recent claim (published also in Science on 9 November 2018) that due to climate change shorebird eggs are more often eaten by predators, and that this effect is exacerbated in the Arctic compared to the tropics. Indeed, these claims seem to be a methodological artefact.
In sum, there is no evidence that “the Arctic no longer is a safe haven for shorebirds”, such as Science wrote and which was published about in many media outlets. Shorebirds worldwide are in trouble due to human impact and their conservation deserves all possible attention. Conclusions about alternative threats based on poor statistics and assumptions only distract from the real issues.
Link for the full comment published on Science: dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aaw8529