Study: Wisconsin Wildlife – trying to measure climate and policy change

This article discusses how local scientists in the State of Wisconsin researching the overall health of ecosystems in Wisconsin, considering the changing climate.

They are looking at how seasonally color-shifting snowshoe hare and ruffed grouse fare with less snow.

The snowshoe hare “is one that we have seen becoming more and more rare, especially in the central forests of Wisconsin,” said Benjamin Zuckerberg, at the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. “Any year you can have more or less snow cover, but over the last 30 years the trend has been toward less snow cover.” And thus fewer animals that rely on it.

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