We also experience unprecedented weather, such as out-of-season heat waves, tornadoes and tropical storms. These effects of climate change can transform our environments by changing closely linked associations, such as the timing of hatching insects with the arrival of migratory birds. It also changes the vegetation in an area affecting the species that have evolved to depend on a specific plant community. These changes can threaten many of the species we manage. This is why the National Wildlife Refuge System is focused on trying to predict changes to ecosystems so that action can be taken to help wildlife adjust. You can also help! Small changes in our everyday lives can make a big difference. Here are a few ways you can help our climate and support wildlife conservation where you live.
Helpful Links:Conservation in a Changing Climate (FWS)Climate Change -- What You Can Do (EPA) Cool It! Tips for Going Green (National Wildlife Federation) Climate Change - Nature + People = Solutions (The Nature Conservancy) U.S. National Phenology Network
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The refuge’s location and habitat make it a haven for butterflies and moths -- and those who enjoy seeing them! October and November offer the best times to enjoy the refuge’s butterflies, a documented 130 species.