With climate change, not all wildlife population shifts are predictable

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2016-11-28)

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.

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