Breeding Arctic shorebirds thwarted by Greenland’s stubborn spring snow

This article discusses how climate change is affecting birds in Greenland.

When the fog lifted on June 14, Jeroen Reneerkens’ small chartered plane could finally land on the tundra of northeast Greenland. The Dutch avian ecologist, who has a special passion for the small wading birds, especially the ubiquitous sanderlings, quickly realized that something was wrong on the ground.

By mid-June, the region’s shorebirds would normally have been brooding on nests and feeding on recently hatched arthropods—ground-dwelling insects and spiders—but this year’s landscape was still covered by snow

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