Less Snow, More Elk. More Elk, Fewer Birds.

Live Science reports that recent studies show a direct link to the impact that climate change is having on mountain snowfall levels and the impact of less snow on the growth of seasonal woody plants.

The interaction of species is tightly coupled and changes in one could have a dramatic impact on the others. To be more blunt:

“Like dominoes given one nudge, climate change in the form of reduced winter snowfall on mountaintops has subtle but powerful cascading effects felt throughout entire ecosystems, a new study finds.”

Climate Change Ripples Through Mountain Ecosystems

 

Bugs, birds, elk and snow is the heart of this study in Arizona that could have significant implications around the world.

 

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