Wildlife ecologists who study the effects of climate change assume, with support from several studies, that warming temperatures caused by climate change are forcing animals to move either northward or upslope on mountainsides to stay within their natural climate conditions. But a new study of lowland and higher-mountain bird species now shows an unexpected and “unprecedented” inconsistency in such shifts.
(Jenna O´Donnel, November 23, 2016)
In October, the first Tufted Puffin carcasses washed up on a chilly beach on St. Paul Island, a lonely Bering Sea outpost between Russia and Alaska. Within weeks, hundreds more had drifted onto the island’s beaches, apparently dead from starvation. The dead Tufted Puffins add another mass mortality event to a string of recent seabird die-offs along the Pacific coast.