Dave Wilson

Singing along with traffic: highway noise forces blackbirds to change their tune, biologists find

Many animals communicate using sound to attract mates, find food, and avoid predators.

Dave Wilson, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Windsor, says that rising levels of human-generated noise have raised concern for those animals. He is a member of a team of researchers who have published a new study this week in the Journal of Experimental Biology, which shows that traffic noise causes red-winged blackbirds to alter their songs.