Archive for January, 2012

Interesting Information From Montana Audubon

January 27, 2012

From the January issue Montana Audubon News. PLEASE READ!!!

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Energy and Climate News
January News a Plenty:

-We work to ensure must-needed renewable energy projects are designed with wildlife in mind. We have significant concerns for the raptors that make their home on the Kevin Rim cliffs where new towers are proposed.

-Check out this fascinating research conducted via the University of Montana that links climate change to songbird population declines.

-The EPA recently rolled out a new tool – a map of Greenhouse gas emitters across the US. Montana is home to the 8th largest in the country, and the second largest in the west. Whew.

-Mercury that comes from Colestrip and other emitters (see above) affects our songbirds according to this new research.

-Yellowstone River Oil Spill Settlement. Here’s the latest as the AP reported and via the Billings Gazette. Consider oil from Montana up to the Arctic – from National Audubon Society – Speak up for the birds and wildlife of the Arctic Ocean.

-Keystone XL Pipeline. On January 18, President Obama stood up to Big Oil when he denied a federal permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would carry dirty tar sands crude oil from Alberta to Texas. Yes!

Matt

Feds Say Grim Outlook For Yellowstone Whitebark Pine

January 19, 2012

The article is in the November and December issue of Montana Outdoors Magazine…it writes that 70% of the Yellowstone Whitebark Pine is dead…this is from a US Fish and Wildlife Service report…The finger is pointed at the pine bark beetle, climate change is implicated and I see this acknowledgement as a step in the right direction…can I get an amen from the choir…AMEN!
Matt

Invasion?

January 16, 2012

In an emai today I am reminded of the Ennis Cristmas Bird Count in which we saw 31 Rough-legged Hawks.Snowy Owls and Gyr Falcons have been seen in open areas throughout the west and midwest. These arctic densions are known to invade this area when food is scarce where these birds winter in the north.
One of the theories I have heard is that global climate change is melting the perma frost and thus the nesting habitat and reducing popultions of prey species…and thus these northland species are headed “south” in search of food…This sounds plausable if we determine we are being invaded from the north.
Matt