A 2020 study warned that one third of all plant and animal species could be extinct in 50 years (2). All plant and animal species, though, will shift how and where they thrive as they attempt adaptation to a changed climate. Species tend to flee in search of cooler climates, but if the temperature shifts more quickly than they can relocate, extinction will occur. Insects carrying diseases, many of which cannot survive in cold climates, have pushed northward and infected people and plants that have little immunity. Viability of crop and livestock are changing drastically as well, and as natural resources like fish migrate in response to warmer waters, tensions have emerged between countries vying for control of a changed industry.



Bird Migration Explorer

The Bird Migration Explorer is your guide to the heroic annual journeys made by over 450 bird species, and the challenges they face along the way.

Stories from the Sea: Fishermen Confront Climate Change

Fishermen in the North Pacific intimately understand the ocean, and they've noticed that once-reliable stalwarts like seasonal patterns and fish migration routes are changing alongside a warming climate. The Nature Conservancy in Alaska gathered their…

Wildlife Corridors

Wildlife corridors are increasingly vital in ensuring healthy wildlife populations and providing critical ecosystem services.

Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics (2017)

For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, and accelerometers reveal the natural world as never before. Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer…

Migrations in Motion

Maps shows the average direction mammals, birds, and amphibians need to move to track hospitable climates as they shift across the landscape.


A Big Climate Warning from One of the Gulf of Maine’s Smallest Marine Creatures

By Derrick Z. Jackson   02/20/22  
Given the rate at which the waters in the Gulf of Maine are heating up, Mainers may need to swap out the lobsters on their license plates for squid. All of New England could issue…

An ‘emerging crisis’: The climate is changing too fast for plants and animals to adapt

By Diana Kruzman   02/18/22  
New UN report highlights how warming temperatures are upending nature's life cycles — with devastating impacts on agriculture and biodiversity.

Polar bear inbreeding and bird ‘divorces’: Weird ways climate change is affecting animal species

By Julia Jacobo   02/12/22  
The world's biodiversity is constantly being threatened by warming temperatures and extreme changes in climate and weather patterns. And while that "doom and gloom" is the typical discourse surrounding how climate change is affecting biodiversity,…

How birds are adapting to climate crisis

By Katie Hunt   02/11/22  
Thousands of birds die each spring and fall when they collide with Chicago's skyscrapers, which lie on a major migration path between Canada and Latin America. But the birds don't die in vain. Since the…

Are ills of the Arctic hitting California? Hundreds of migratory seabirds wash ashore

By Susanne Rust   01/24/22  
Sara Bogard halted her dog as the two began descending the cliff down to Manchester Beach, along the Mendocino coast. Below, scores of dead and dying birds littered the beach as far as she could…

Climate change behind unprecedented increase in butterfly species appearing in South Texas, experts say

By Sandra Sanchez   01/05/22  
The National Butterfly Center, with its serene grounds along the Rio Grande in South Texas, is always a big draw for tourists and locals living on the border. Now, a four-fold increase in butterfly species…

Bird Migration & the Changing Climate

By Madison Mitchell   01/05/22  
It’s no news that climate change is impacting our natural environment, but what does this mean for birds, migration patterns, and lasting biodiversity? As winter tends to get warmer, why are birds still migrating? What…

Caribou migrations in a changing Arctic

By Joly, K. and others   01/05/22  
Caribou are highly adapted to extreme environmental variability, which has allowed them to endure dramatic, historic changes, including multiple ice ages. However, current climate change is happening 2-3 times faster in the Arctic than anywhere…

Climate change forces polar bears to migrate to Russia from Alaska

By Trends Desk   01/04/22  
One of the many signs of global warming is the change in animal population and habitation. Something similar is being witnessed with the polar bear population of Alaska that is rapidly dwindling.

Stronger storms, hotter winters, crawfish migration: $5.4M funds LSU study on links to climate change

By Caroline Savoie   01/02/22  
Stronger hurricanes, warmer winters and unusual crawfish behavior that's driving the crustacean’s mass emigration from Louisiana’s coast.

How to brew a greener beer

ByJess Craig   10/15/21  
From start to finish, making alcoholic beverages asks a lot from the environment. It takes about 20 gallons of water to produce a single eight-ounce serving of beer and 30 gallons per five-ounce serving of…

The Critically Endangered Saiga Continues to Face Fluctuating Populations

By Katherine Gallagher   09/15/21  
Known for its distinct nose and ribbed horns, the once abundant saiga can trace its history back to the time of woolly mammoths across what eventually became southeastern Europe and Central Asia. Currently considered critically…

New Policies Promise a Two-Pronged Win for Wildlife in Nevada

By Matt Skroch and Nic Callero   08/24/21  
The state of Nevada and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently took independent though complementary steps to protect the state’s migrating wildlife and sagebrush ecosystem—actions that represent a major leap forward for wildlife…

Hundreds Of Sharks Swarm Florida Canal To Escape Red Tide

By Josephine Harvey   08/03/21  
Hundreds of coastal sharks have flocked to a Florida canal in what experts said is an effort to take refuge from a catastrophic algal bloom that has wreaked havoc on ocean life in the region.

Get Way Up Close and Personal With Beluga Whales

Mary Jo DiLonardo   07/20/21  
People aren't the only ones traveling this summer. In July and August, more than 57,000 beluga whales will migrate from the Arctic to the warmer waters of the Churchill River in Manitoba, Canada.1

Like in ‘Postapocalyptic Movies’: Heat Wave Killed Marine Wildlife en Masse

By Catrin Einhorn   07/12/21  
An early estimate points to a huge die-off along the Pacific Coast, and scientists say rivers farther inland are warming to levels that could be lethal for some kinds of salmon.

Bizarre Marine Life Movement Might be Indicating Future Mass Extinction

By Charles Stephen   04/26/21  
Science has long acknowledged the wonder of Earth’s tropical waters. Perhaps this is because it offers the richest marine life diversity anywhere on our planet. These range from the fantastic coral reefs to the running…

Global warming is causing a more pronounced dip in marine species richness around the equator

By Chhaya Chaudhary , Anthony J. Richardson , David S. Schoeman and Mark J. Costello   04/13/21  
The latitudinal gradient in species richness, with more species in the tropics and richness declining with latitude, is widely known and has been assumed to be stable over recent centuries. We analyzed data on 48,661…

Marine life is fleeing the equator to cooler waters. History tells us this could trigger a mass extinction event

By Anthony Richardson , Chhaya Chaudhary , David Schoeman , Mark John Costello   04/08/21  
The tropical water at the equator is renowned for having the richest diversity of marine life on Earth, with vibrant coral reefs and large aggregations of tunas, sea turtles, manta rays and whale sharks. The…

Freshwater fish are in “catastrophic” decline with one-third facing extinction, report finds

By Sophie Lewis   02/23/21  
Thousands of fish species are facing "catastrophic" decline — threatening the health, food security and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people around the world. New research shows that one-third of all freshwater fish now…

Insects are vanishing at an alarming rate—but we can save them

By Christine Peterson   01/17/21  
Insects aren’t just pests. They’re crucial for the planet and our food supply, and scientists say we can all pitch in to help.

Trump Opens Habitat of a Threatened Owl to Timber Harvesting

By Lisa Friedman and Catrin Einhorn   01/13/21  
The Trump administration on Wednesday removed more than 3 million acres of Pacific Northwest land from the protected habitat of the northern spotted owl, 15 times the amount it had previously proposed opening to the…

Insect populations suffering death by 1,000 cuts, say scientists

By Damien Carrington   01/11/21  
The insects face multiple, overlapping threats including the destruction of wild habitats for farming, urbanisation, pesticides and light pollution. Population collapses have been recorded in places where human activities dominate, such as in Germany, but there is…

Nearly 600 manatees died in Florida waters in 2020

By Karl Schneider   01/04/21  
Newly written draft language for proposed boater safety legislation may help protect threatened manatees from being killed by boat strikes. Last year, 593 manatees were found dead in Florida. Of those, an estimated 90 died…

Mysterious Dolphin Deaths Linked To Climate Change In New Study

By Sara Tabin   01/02/21  
In 2007, scientists studying dolphins in the Gippsland Lakes of South Eastern Australia noticed something alarming. Dead dolphins were washing up on shore, covered in skin lesions. Some of them looked like they had received…

5 Environmental Stories That Could Dominate In 2021

By Laura Paddison   12/30/20  
As the climate crisis worsens, the coronavirus pandemic rages, and Joe Biden prepares to take office, a look at big environmental stories that could define the next year.

Arctic Animals’ Movement Patterns are Shifting in Different Ways as the Climate Changes

By Sofie Bates   11/30/20  
For animals in the Arctic, life is a balancing act. Seasonal cues, such as warmer spring temperatures or cooler temperatures in the fall, tell animals when to migrate, when to mate, and when and where…

At Sea and in Court, the Fight to Save Right Whales Intensifies

By Rene Ebersole   11/17/20  
Artie Raslich has been volunteering for seven years with the conservation group Gotham Whale, working on the American Princess, a whale-watching boat based in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. In that time Raslich, a professional photographer, has…

Nature loss & climate change: linked problems, linked solutions.

By Manuel Pulgar   09/15/20  
For much of the 20th century, the impact that our species had on nature came, overwhelming, from one direction: our destruction of natural habitats for agriculture, timber, housing and resource extraction. But, in

The International Space Station Just Became a Powerful Tool for Tracking Animal Migration

By Alex Fox   06/11/20  
The so-called ‘internet of animals,’ powered by an antenna aboard the ISS, will track thousands of creatures across the entire planet.

Will Climate Change Push These Amphibians to the Brink?

By Tara Lohan   04/06/20  
Aerial photos of the Sierra Nevada — the long mountain range stretching down the spine of California — showed rust-colored swathes following the state's record-breaking five-year...

Poles attract marine life avoiding rising heat

By Tim Radford   04/03/20  
In a warming ocean, some species will swim, others sink. But all agree: the poles attract marine life without exception. The post Poles attract marine life avoiding rising heat appeared first on Climate News Network.

American Robins Now Migrate 12 Days Earlier Than in 1994

By Sarah Fecht   04/01/20  
New GPS data show birds adjust to shifting snow conditions as climate warms ...

What if whale migration isn’t for food or calves?

By Starre Vartan   03/05/20  
Sometimes it feels like we know all there is to know about the natural world. But when you talk to researchers in biology, ecology, geology or other science subjects, they'll tell you what we know…

Should elephants be considered refugees?

By Brandon Keim   02/26/20  
A refugee is by definition a human—but should elephants and other animals qualify, too?

Fifty years of data show new changes in bird migration

American Ornithological Society Publications Office   02/20/20  
A growing body of research shows that birds' spring migration has been getting earlier and earlier in recent decades. New research on Black-throated Blue Warblers, a common songbird that migrates from Canada and the eastern…

Major UN meeting on wildlife to address critical threats to migratory species

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) opened in Gandhinagar, India today.

Hundreds of billions of locusts — fueled by conflict and climate change — are swarming East Africa

By Max Bearak   02/12/20  
BORENA ZONE, Ethi­o­pia — From a distance, it looks like billowing smoke. But as it nears, the swarm of locusts comes into focus: billions upon billions of them, thick as a blizzard, uncountable as raindrops,…

Birds’ seasonal migrations shift earlier as climate changes

In what the authors believe is one of the first studies to examine climate change impact on the timing of bird migration on a continental scale, researchers report that spring migrants were likely to pass…

NASA Study Reveals Effect Of Largest Animal Migration On Climate

By Inigo Monzon   11/28/19  
NASA released a new study detailing the largest known migration of ocean animals and its direct effect on Earth’s climate. The agency was able to monitor the migration using a space-based laser from a satellite.

Caribou migrate farther than any other known land animal

By Sofie Bates   11/19/19  
Land migrations may get shorter as infrastructure and climate change alter the environment

Alaska’s big whale mystery: Where are the bowheads?

By Sabrina Shankman   11/03/19  
As the Arctic struggles with climate extremes, the bowhead migration is two months late. If whales don’t arrive soon, “we’re going to go hungry,” one hunter said....

How a Rooftop Meadow of Bees and Butterflies Shows N.Y.C.’s Future

By Anne Barnard   10/27/19  
A Greenpoint building is part of a push to combat climate change and make the city more welcoming to wildlife.

Loons likely to disappear from Minnesota, new report warns

Minnesota is one of the country's fastest-warming states, largely because of its northern location and warming winters....

These State Birds May Be Forced Out of Their States as the World Warms

By Brad Plumer   10/10/19  
Each state in America has an official state bird, usually an iconic species that helps define the landscape. Minnesota chose the common loon, whose haunting wails echo across the state’s northern lakes each summer.

Climate change could lead to more conflict between species as they adapt and move, increasing extinctions

By Aristos Georgiou   10/01/19  
For animal species to survive climate change, they will have to genetically adapt or shift their ranges - or both....

Wildlife Corridors

Large mammals, such as elk, mule deer and pronghorn, may travel hundreds of miles between lowlands where they winter and higher summer ranges. As new roads and subdivisions create barriers to traditional feeding and breeding…

Climate change will cause massive movement of wildlife, study says

By Jessica Meszaros   07/15/19  
A new study describes the future mass redistribution of plants and animals on Earth due to climate change...

As wolverines battle to survive, warming poses a new threat

By Douglas H. Chadwick   07/11/19  
By the end of the century, the small, fierce carnivores of the north could lose most of their habitat south of Canada because of climate change.

Scientists ‘thunderstruck’ after Arctic fox walks to Canada from Norway in 76 days

By Emma Snaith   07/02/19  
A young Arctic fox left researchers "thunderstruck" after it walked hundreds of miles across the ice from Norway’s Svalbard islands to northern Canada in a record 76 days.