Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 14, 2012

How Climate Change Effects Elk, Plants and Birds

Science Daily reports on a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and University of Montana that shows the impact of a decreasing snowpack in the Arizona Mountains on plants and animals.  Here are some of their findings that show an ecological cascade of events:

  • Climate chnage leads to a decreased snowpack
  • Decreased snowpack leads to winter access to high elevation trees
  • Elk browse trees at higher elevations
  • Over browsing leads to decline in deciduous trees
  • Decline in deciduous trees leads to decreased habitat for birds
  • Decreased habitat and bird population lead to increased predation on remaining bird nests

And maybe the top of the list could be human behaviors causing climate change?

Read more:
Science Daily
  Dramatic links found between climate change, elk, plants, and birds.
Nature Climate Change
Climate impacts on bird and plant communities from altered animal–plant interactions

About these ads


  1. Human-caused climate change?! Next thing you’ll try to tell me that the Earth is round. Get a grip. ;)

  2. […] How Climate Change Effects Elk, Plants and Birds ( […]

  3. […] How Climate Change Effects Elk, Plants and Birds ( 0.000000 0.000000 To Share Click on:AddthisLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 514 other followers

%d bloggers like this: