Archive for March, 2016


March 14, 2016



Alaska’s spruce bark beetle crisis:

Amphibian decline:


A Great Aridness. William de Buys.

All the Wild That Remains. David Gessner. Book describes the environmental thoughts of Stegner and Abbey and author visits sites they knew and loved.

When the Rivers Run Dry. Fred Pearce.

Atlantic Ocean Plankton Bloom:

Audubon Society study on birds affected by climate change:

Avian keratin disorder:

I am investigating an epizootic of similar bill deformities in Alaska. This epizootic has recently spread to the Pacific Northwest, with a large cluster of bill deformities appearing in the Puget Sound region. Birds affected by this ‘avian keratin disorder’ have bills that are abnormally long and often crossed, such as in this nuthatch. We’ve determined that the keratin layer of the beak (like the material in a person’s fingernails) is growing too rapidly. Despite extensive testing, we still don’t know what’s causing the problem. We’ve documented beak deformities among a large number of species, including chickadees, crows, nuthatches, jays, woodpeckers, ravens, and several raptors. We are very interested in receiving reports of any birds with abnormal bills such as this one. Please visit our website at the USGS Alaska Science Center or contact me directly:

–Colleen Handel
Research Wildlife Biologist
USGS Alaska Science Center

Beetle infestation:

Empire of the Beetle. Andrew Nikiforuk.

Birds as sentinel species: “Canaries in a Global Cole Mine?” pp. 1337-1338. “Ecology” 88(5), 2007. Review of the book Birds and Climate Change by Moller et al. Elsevier. Burlington, Mass. 2006.

Birds Reacting to Climate Change:

Bobcat-lynx hybrids:

Bumble bee evolution right now: Functional mismatch in a bumble bee pollination mutualism under climate change. Authors: Nicole E. Miller-Struttmann, Jennifer C. Geib, James D. Franklin, et al.     Science 25 September 2015: 1541-1544. [DOI:10.1126/science.aab0868] Researchers write: “We found that in two alpine bumble bee species, decreases in tongue length have evolved over 40 years. Co-occurring flowers have not become shallower, nor are small-flowered plants more prolific. We argue that declining floral resources because of warmer summers have favored generalist foraging, leading to a mismatch between shorter-tongued bees and the longer-tubed plants they once pollinated.”

California climate change:   [this contains list of all state’s climate change reports]

California’s official West Nile Virus website:

California West Nile infection map:

Carbon tetrachloride still being emitted:

Center for Biological Diversity:

Christmas Bird Count Analysis:

Climate change anxiety:

Climate change disagreement, not debate:

“How to Talk About climate Change So People Will Listen. By Charles Mann. “The Atlantic,” Sept., 2014.

Climate-induced Faunal Change in North America. Joshua Lawler, et al. Ecological Society of America. “Ecology.” Vol. 90. March, 2009. 588-597.

Climate Peril: The Intelligent Reader’s Guide to Understanding the Climate Crisis. By John Berger. Northbrae Books. 2014.

Coal use worse than we’ve been told:

Coal burning waste:

Cod Population Collapses in Maine waters:

Clean energy getting cheaper:

“Climate for Coffee” in “National Geographic” magazine. Sept. 2015.

Cool it. The Climate Issue. National Geographic. November, 2015.

Corvids replanting forests:

Drought to Extend Beyond Western U.S.

Eggs Hatch Early:



Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Elizabeth Colbert. Henry Holt. 2014.

Extinctions predicted:

“Extinction risk from climate change” letter in Nature 427, 145-148 (8 January 2004) | doi:10.1038/nature02121; Received 10 September 2003; Accepted 13 October 2003, By Chris Thomas, et al.

Feral.   George Monbiot. Penguin. 2013. Argues for helping all animals and plants find space for survival.

Website for book:

Greenhouse gas list, according to IPCC:

Greenland ice sheet loss accelerates:

Grizzly-Polar Bear Hybridization

Health hazards with climate change:

IPCC report, Fall, 2014:

Christina Larson “Hostile shores”

Science 9 October 2015: 150-152. [DOI:10.1126/science.350.6257.150]. Describes environmental degradation of marshlands used by Asian migrant birds.


Methane from rice:

Methane sources:

Miami: The Siege of Miami. Elizabeth Kolbert. New Yorker magazine. Dec. 21 & 28, 2015. Pp. 42-50.

Minnesota moose population:

Moose population decreases:

Monarch migration and species hybrids on NPR’s “On Point:”

Monarch population decline:

Monarch population decline covered by “Living on Earth,” of NPR:

Monterey pine disease:

Mountaintop species and climate change:

National Wildlife Federation, on adaptation to climate change:

Oak sudden death:

Ocean acidification effects on marine life:


Holly B. Ernest, Leslie W. Woods and Bruce R. Hoar

Journal of Wildlife Diseases Apr 2010, Vol. 46, No. 2 (April 2010) pp. 401-408



Moller, Anders, et al. (eds). Feeling the Heat. Elsevier, Burlington, MA. 2006.

Pepperwood Preserve climate change studies:

Phytophthora: a plant killer loose in California

Pine beetles:

Pollinator Threats:

Rising land:

Satellite Launched to Monitor Sea Level:

Solar power installation kills birds:

Species Moving Toward the Poles Eli Fenichel from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies:

Starfish die-off on Pacific Coast:

Tricolored Blackbird Population Crisis

Urban heat islands:

Warming hiatus:

Weather caused by climate change?

White-tailed Ptarmigan’s future:

Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change. Nicholas Stern. MIT Press. 2015.

World Health Organization on climate change, starvation and disease: