This week's stories focused on topics ranging from invasive species to energy conservation and, in the case of Kansas, even mentioned the Wizard of Oz! Check out the photos and summaries below, and feel free to comment.
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MONDAY, JUNE 20
Each April and May, in a rite of spring, American white pelicans begin arriving in their Northern Plains breeding grounds from the Gulf of Mexico. But for the last several decades, something has put the large birds ahead of schedule. That something, researchers believe, is warming tied to climate change—and it's contributing to more deaths of pelican chicks from severe spring storms.
TUESDAY, JUNE 21
Rhode Island national wildlife refuges are working toward a brighter future by conserving energy and reducing their carbon footprint through use of alternative energy sources, natural lighting and recycled materials.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
In the state popularized by the film “The Wizard of Oz,” conservation partners aren’t just dreaming about a better world over the rainbow. They’re joining forces to fight climate change and provide a home for wildlife – now and into the future.
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
Researchers have quantified what many hunters already knew: fewer ducks are spending the winter in Arkansas and four other Southeastern states. A 50-year analysis of duck data shows warmer temperatures are a key factor in the change.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
As temperatures warm, infestations of hemlock wooly adelgid are spreading north into New York and New England. The invasive insects introduced from Japan can destroy a hemlock stand in just a few years. Hemlock stands often provide shade keeping streams cool enough for brook trout and other fish.