Even though we’re almost a week into December, it certainly doesn’t feel like it. Normally by this time of year, I’m in full hate-living-in-New-England mode. This year, I’m only about a quarter way there.

Whether or not you believe in global warming, you really can’t deny this December has been unseasonably warm. Someone who does 100 percent believe in climate change? The Connecticut Audubon Society. They published a press release on local climate change saying it is already here and having a dramatic effect on the state’s wildlife.

They predict local climate change will have significant drops in vulnerable nesting birds as well as the loss of mammals and fish that have recently become re-established in the state. No, not mountain lions.

Here are the Vulnerable 6:


(c) Wikipedia

Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow

“The species is expected to be among the first birds to go extinct due to sea-level rise.” -UConn Ornithology Professor Chris Elphick



Black-capped Chickadee

You might recognize this guy from your backyard bird feeder, but of all the ones on this list, it’s the most unlikely to disappear anytime soon.

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