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Wildlife studies show damage wrought by major storms

Beyond downed power lines and damaged buildings, major storms such as hurricanes uproot the lives of fish and wildlife as well, according to research conducted at the University of Georgia.

For example, high winds destroy nesting sites in trees, debris and runoff in waterways cause a drop in oxygen levels, and churning waves on the shore disrupt sea turtle nests. After the storm, felled trees create more food for pests, creating the potential for outbreaks.

In the year since Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast, several researchers at the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources have surveyed the damage wrought, and preliminary results show nature’s fury can have a profound effect on a range of creatures.

Learn more about how turkeys, beetles, sea turtles and sturgeon fared following hurricane seasons.

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