Rare Insect At Glacier National Park May Need To Find a New Habitat

December 7, 2014 7:04 AM

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The Western Glacier Stonefly—so named because the rare insect is only found living in Glacier National Park—could soon become endangered thanks to abundantly melting glaciers. Like every other animal in risk of endangerment, the Western Glacier Stonefly is losing its habitat; but unlike other animals it is quite clear that the Western Glacier Stonefly is a direct victim of global warming.

“Many aquatic species are considered vulnerable to climate change because they are cold water dependent and confined to mountaintop streams immediately below melting glaciers and permanent snowfields,” comments Joe Giersch, USGS scientist and leader of this project. He continues, “Few studies have d...

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