How far north are migrant birds transporting the tick Ixodes scapularis in Canada? Insights from stable hydrogen isotope analyses of feathers.

TitleHow far north are migrant birds transporting the tick Ixodes scapularis in Canada? Insights from stable hydrogen isotope analyses of feathers.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsOgden NH, Barker IK, Francis CA, Heagy A, Lindsay LR, Hobson KA
JournalTicks Tick Borne Dis.
Date Published06/2015
KeywordsIxodes scapularis; Lyme disease; Migratory birds; Range expansion
Abstract

This study indicates that many I. scapularis-carrying migratory birds in spring have destinations far north in Canada, including some farther north than the current region of climatic suitability for I. scapularis. These findings support the hypothesis that I. scapularis may continue to be spread north by spring migrating passerines. Some thrush species may be particularly implicated in far northward dispersion of I. scapularis.

URLhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26100493
DOI10.1016/j.ttbdis.2015.06.004