Wildlife

Secret Border-Wall Work At Wildlife Sanctuaries Galvanizes Opposition

"Federal officials and contractors months ago surreptitiously began what appears to be preparation work for construction of border wall on the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in South Texas. Word recently got out and has galvanized opposition to that plan – and to the way it has been carried out."

Source: Texas Climate News, 08/23/2017

"Stitching Together Forests Can Help Save Species, Study Finds"

"In the 1980s, an ecologist named Thomas Lovejoy conducted an unusual experiment in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest. As loggers moved in with chain saws to clear trees for cattle pasture north of Manaus, he asked them to leave untouched several small “islands” of forest to see how the animals within them fared."

Source: NY Times, 08/23/2017

"Alaska's Grizzly Bears Drop Salmon for Berries as Climate Changes"

"When Kodiak Island's elderberries started ripening earlier, its icon bears changed their diet. It's another ecological shift amid climate change, scientists say. "

"Each summer, the shallow freshwater streams of Kodiak Island, Alaska, are so thick with sockeye salmon, you literally cannot cross the waterways without stepping on the brightly colored fish. With the salmon come brown bears, often dozens of grizzlies per stream, hauling the fish onto nearby banks for an easy meal.

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/22/2017

Climate Explodes Larch Beetle Numbers, Transforming Minnesota Forests

"Eastern larch beetles, tiny burrowing bugs native to Minnesota, are exploding in number across the state’s northern forest and have killed or damaged about a third of the state’s tamarack trees — one of the first clear signs of a rapidly changing climate."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 08/15/2017

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