Climate change would force Wisconsin birds further northA researcher says some birds in northern Wisconsin may have to find new homes or leave the state if climate change continues.
By: Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
A researcher says some birds in northern Wisconsin may have to find new homes or leave the state if climate change continues.
Climate change is expected to bring warmer temperatures to the north, as well as changing precipitation patterns. DNR researcher Nick Anich says black spruce and tamarack trees may recede northward out of the state, and some of the animals that live in those trees may have to go to other tree species or leave Wisconsin, too. Those species include spruce grouse, gray jay, Boreal chickadee and black-backed woodpecker.
Anich says it would be a shame to lose those birds from the state: “These species like spruce grouse and gray jay are very charismatic – a lot of people who have been up in spruce in the north enjoy seeing these species around. It's our hope that through future study we could manage habitat to keep these species around long as we can. ”
Anich says the four bird species he and his colleagues looked at are in good shape in Canada. Anich discussed his findings at the Wildlife Society conference in Milwaukee.