09 November 2018
Vol 362, Issue 6415

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COVER A red phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) returns to its nest in the Arctic tundra. Nest predation of shorebirds has increased worldwide over the past decades. Recent rises in predation rates are especially noticeable in the Arctic, in line with climate-induced alterations in predator-prey interactions. Declining shorebird populations are now further hindered by poor reproductive success, with likely detrimental consequences for their global numbers. See page 680.
Photo: JOEL SARTORE/National Geographic Creative