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505050 Week in Review (Week of June 20th)

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.

To read all 50 of our stories, check out the archive on our climate change homepage at  http://www.fws.gov/home/climatechange/stories505050.html.


North Dakota: Climate and Disease Take Toll on American White Pelicans

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.

A white pelican sits amongst other seabirds


Rhode Island: Refuges Go Green for a Brighter Future

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.

Sachuest Point Visitor Center


Kansas: Climate-Savvy Restoration Project Makes Wildlife Feel At Home

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.

Go Zero partners at Marais Des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge


Arkansas: Warming Trends Changing the Hunt for Waterfowl

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.

Pintail ducks take flight at Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge


New York: Invasive Insect Infestations Spread Further North, Threatening Hemlock Forests

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.  

Hemlock foliage with a moderate infestation of hemlock woolly adelgid

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