Skiing may threaten rare alpine birds


This is a video of a singing rock bunting.

From BirdLife:

With poor snow conditions blighting prospects for skiing at many of Europe’s resorts, developers are casting their eyes on the upper slopes, where snowfall is more reliable.

But Italian ecologists warn that construction of pistes above the tree line results in fewer species and lower numbers of birds, compared with natural grassland at similar altitudes.

Without much more environmentally sensitive ways of constructing and managing ski runs, species of European conservation concern, such as Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca, Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix and Rock Bunting Emberiza cia, will be put under additional pressure.