Many bird species — including loons — threatened by climate change

September 9, 2014 7:21 PM

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Yet another chapter in the war on birds. The AP, via the Winona Daily News, looks at a report just out from the Audubon Society saying climate change could affect more than half North American bird species, including the common loon: “Minnesota’s state bird could disappear from the state due to climate change, along with more than half of Minnesota’s other bird species, according to a study by the National Audubon Society. Other Minnesota birds at risk include the American white pelican, the trumpeter swan, the sharp-tailed grouse and the mallard duck, according to the study released Tuesday. The national study said the critical ranges of more than half the 588 North American bird species will either shrink significantly or shift over the next six decades or so, threatening their survival either way.”

Some good news on the lake front: Minnesota is at the forefront of the national effort to eliminate the zebra mussel. The Strib's Kelly Smith reports: “Christmas Lake in Shorewood became the first in the nation Monday to use a new technology that utilizes dead bacterial cells to eradicate the razor-...

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