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Connecticut’s “Vulnerable 6” Wildlife Species at High Risk Because of Climate Change

We photographed this moose at our Croft sanctuary in Goshen, using a trail camera. Moose, just now becoming established in the state, may be vulnerable to climate change.

We photographed this moose at our Croft sanctuary in Goshen, using a trail camera. Moose, just now becoming established in the state, may be vulnerable to climate change.

Paris Climate Talks: The Local Angle

With negotiators gathering in Paris to work on agreements to lower carbon emissions, the Connecticut Audubon Society warns that climate change is already here and having a dramatic effect on the state’s wildlife, and predicts significant drops in vulnerable nesting birds as well as the loss of mammals and fish that have recently become re-established.

Connecticut Audubon Society, the state’s original and still independent Audubon, highlighted six at-risk species, notable for their prominence, vulnerability, or the amount of effort spent in recent years restoring them to the state. Most are relatively rare in Connecticut (and several are threatened or endangered on the federal level) but even the Black-capped Chickadee, common and well-known at backyard feeders, may be vulnerable to temperature alterations.

“These iconic but vulnerable animals are likely to be gone unless we can work together at both a local as well as global level to moderate warming and slow sea-level rise,” said Alexander Brash, president of the Connecticut Audubon Society, “and in Connecticut we need to better manage our habitats, increase connectivity, and find adjacent lands for marshes and beaches to expand.”

Here are the Connecticut Audubon Society’s vulnerable 6 …


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