Researchers hope to save seabirds by calculating the value of their excrement

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To raise awareness of the importance of seabirds to people and the ecosystems we depend on, a new article looks at something that most of us find off-putting: their feces. The researchers say that the feces, known as guano and which serves as a source of fertilizer and a key contribution to marine ecosystems, could be worth more than $470 million annually.

Associated journal article: Daniel Plazas-Jiménez, Marcus V. Cianciaruso (2020). “Valuing Ecosystem Services Can Help to Save Seabirds.” Trends in Ecology & Evolution DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2020.06.008

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