It was the midst of songbird migration season when Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana coast in 2005. Typically these birds fatten up in Gulf Coast river bottomland forest for the long flight to Central and South America. After Katrina stripped plants of leaves, fruits, and insects in the fertile bottomlands of the Pearl River, weather radar indicated that migrant birds increased their use of adjacent pine woodlands.
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Broad-scale response of landbird migration to the immediate effects of Hurricane Katrina: Chapter 6B in Science and the storms-the USGS response to the hurricanes of 2005