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505050 Week in Review (Week of June 6th)

This week's climate change stories took us all the way from the Colorado River basin to the deciduous forests of Michigan.  Below, you'll find links to each story, so check them out, leave a comment, and share them with your friends!  

If you are looking for an archive of all 50 of our stories, head to the archive on our climate change homepage at  http://www.fws.gov/home/climatechange/stories505050.html.


Utah: Managing Water Resources for Fish, Wildlife and People 
In the face of a warming climate and persistent drought, people and wildlife along the Colorado River and its tributaries in Utah and other Upper Colorado River basin states are benefiting from cooperative efforts to recover four species of endangered fishes while effectively managing water for human uses.

Utah Grand Valley Irrigation Project


Georgia: ‘Wonder Tree’ Stands Tall in a Changing Climate
Federal biologist Laurie Fenwood calls the longleaf pine “the wonder tree,” because of its versatility and ability to survive in a variety of extreme conditions, ranging from strong winds to beetle infestation. The longleaf may also have the ability to serve as the centerpiece of carbon sequestration efforts in the Southeast. These characteristics make the longleaf pine well-suited for a changing climate.

Baby Gopher Tortoise
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 (World Ocean Day) 

Hawaii: Saving 'Rainforests of the Ocean' 
Tropical coral reefs are among the world’s most diverse ecosystems, harboring thousands of species in a complex community built by living corals. But in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands, as elsewhere, these ecosystems are declining because of human impacts, including climate change. 

Coral in Hawaii


Virginia: Rising to the Challenge at Chincoteague 
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area and one of the top ten birding hotspots by the National Audubon Society. But this idyllic location faces profound threats from sea-level rise associated with a warming climate.


Michigan: A National Emblem Faces Change 
Scientists have determined bald eagles along Michigan’s shorelines and rivers are gradually beginning to nest earlier each season. More than a half-century of bald eagle research in Michigan has brought this trend to light, a potential indication of this iconic species’ response to changes in climate in the upper Midwest. 

An Eagle being banded in Michigan

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