Welcome back to another weekly round up of stories from our ongoing series on climate change. From the endangered roseate tern of the North Atlantic coast to the voracious South American plant eating rodent called the nutria, the topics covered in this week's stories have been as diverse as the potential impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and habitat. Below, you'll find summaries, pictures, and links from all those stories.
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The roseate tern is a federally endangered seabird whose favored nesting areas are found on rocky offshore islands and barrier beaches along the north Atlantic coast. The tern is losing some of its prime seacoast habitat because of erosion that may be compounded by climate change.
Water pollution, agriculture runoff and the construction of dams and reservoirs have already shrunken habitat for rare fish and mussel species in Oklahoma. A historic drought is compounding the problem. And now, biologists speculate the fish and mussels could face another potential stressor: rising stream temperatures as a result of climate change.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1
Changes in water temperature and the unpredictability of a changing climate are complicating already challenging efforts to restore and rebuild populations of Southern Appalachian brook trout across East Tennessee and its southern range. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with its partners in the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture to change that and develop the science needed to restore populations of brook trout and strengthen their long-term sustainability in cold-water fisheries so popular among anglers.
THURSDAY, JUNE 2
The mallard feeding at the local park; the flock of northern shovelers passing overhead; and the nesting pair of blue-winged teal – all common wetland birds – depend on the rich habitat of North America’s wetlands. Learn how climate change is affecting wetlands in South Dakota and the Prairie Pothole Region and how can new climate models help resource managers understand and respond to these changes.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is the first national wildlife refuge in the nation to develop a comprehensive strategy to adapt to sea-level rise before it is too late.