A deer wanders in heavy smoke in front of a row of burned cars during the Dixie fire in Greenville, California on August 6, 2021 | Josh Edelson

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Olivia Sanderfoot for the Popular Science — Clouds of wildfire smoke are toxic to humans and animals alike

UCLA La Kretz Center Postdoctoral Fellow Olivia Sanderfoot discusses the effects of wildfire smoke on animals, as well as her previous review in the journal Environmental Research Letters for Popular Science. “Birds are highly sensitive to air pollution because their respiratory system supports highly efficient gas exchange and lacks some of the mechanisms mammals use to clear particles from their airways.”