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.
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The ocelot is a small wild cat that is a management priority for the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Restoring and protecting habitat benefits this and many other species found in this biologically rich region.