Out in the Winter 2014 issue of Mountain magazine, I wrote a feature on the devastating effects of climate change on mountain species. As global temperatures rise—they’re expected to increase two to seven degrees by 2100—animals are moving both to higher elevations and farther north. And they’re doing so quickly. Here’s a short excerpt:
In 2011, Science published a meta-analysis that showed 764 plants and animals were shifting to higher latitudes by 10.5 miles per decade. In North America, the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count echoed that data, showing that the 305 most common species of birds have moved their population centers north by an average of 35 miles over the past 50 years. Some have gone much farther: The spruce grouse shifted north 316 miles. It used to be common in Montana, but now you’re more likely to see a spruce grouse in Alaska.
Read more at Mountain.