Category: climate change

Overflow Ice: Dangerous and Vital to Arctic Rivers

I was paddling down the upper Aichilik River in a small packraft. The Aichilik is a small, little-traveled river that flows north out of the eastern Brooks Range and across the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It was mid-June, and the river, normally clear and blue, was running high and murky with snowmelt. My two clients were…

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Welcome Good News – Some Birds Adapting to Climate Change

I woke this morning feeling a desperate need for some kind of good news. Something to take my mind off, um, world events? I was grateful then, to open my email and find a news release about a new study of songbirds in Pennsylvania, published in the journal Global Change Biology. The researchers, Molly McDermott and Lucas DeGroote from the…

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Warm Winters, Not so Rare Anymore

I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon at the Arctic Science Summit. This big, international conference has close to 1000 participants made up of scientists and policy makers from across the arctic countries. I’ll be there again today, tweeting about the sessions, and hopefully reporting back some more here. Today, I was drawn to a talk about the weird weather of of…

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Caribou Antlers- A surprising tool for researchers

As I was going through some old emails this morning, I stumbled on a 2013 paper that had been forwarded to me, but I never got around to reading. Moments ago, I finished perusing it and found it pretty darn fascinating, with some interesting potential for the future. First a little background: The Porcupine Caribou Herd is currently the second…

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Traveling Wildlife: Another consequence of the melting Arctic

I’ve said it numerous times: the north is changing, and changing fast. As a birder, those changes are obvious. Shorebirds are being affected by melting glaciers, songbirds, and other boreal species are moving north with growing shrubs, fires are changing forests, and how birds use those habitats. But no place is changing as rapidly as the arctic. I spend a…

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