Eagles avoid Ukraine along migration route due to war

A species of eagle has taken to avoiding the conflict in Ukraine while moving along its migration route, according to reports.

Researchers studying the migratory patterns of the greater spotted eagle noticed the birds have been avoiding Ukraine since Russia invaded in early 2022, according to the BBC.

“The war in Ukraine has had a devastating impact on people and the environment. Our findings provide a rare window into how conflicts affect wildlife,” lead author Charlie Russell, a postgraduate researcher at the University of East Anglia, told the outlet.

The eagles commonly move through Ukraine on their way to Belarus, beginning their journey in either Greece or the southern part of Sudan. The research noted the eagles now frequent “fewer stopover sites and [are] making large route deviations” because of the conflict, with some deviations
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