Wildlife experts and others across the state are seeing examples in early bird migration, amphibians and reptiles awakening prematurely from hibernation – and early spring-like behaviors from larger mammals.
“I could give a hundred different examples,” said Tom Jasikoff, manager of the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Seneca County. “I’ve been here at the Refuge 20 years and I’ve never seen things like I’m seeing this month.”
Last week, he said, staff and volunteers at the Refuge did a waterfowl survey. Among those things noted was an usually large number of snow geese.
These are actually devastating effects of abrupt climate change because the unpredictability of the weather is NOT something to which all flora and fauna can adapt.