Land of ice is melting …
SUMMIT COUNTY — As I searched through my Antarctica photo archives to find a picture of an orca for this story, I realized how many pictures I took during a two-week voyage around the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea. It’s an amazing and fascinating place, and unfortunately, the Antarctic Peninsula is warming five times faster than most other areas as the Earth’s climate changes, with almost unimaginable consequences for ecosystems. One one stop, our guides expected to find a colony of nesting gentoo penguins, but instead, we found a mostly empty beach, as vanishing sea ice shifts their nesting and breeding season from year to year.
That may not seem like a big deal, but according to conservation biologists, one of the biggest ecological threats is a de-synching of predators and prey. If the penguins nest earlier and hatch their chicks earlier, there’s a chance that the food they rely on won’t be available when it’s needed most. It isn’t just an issue in Antarctica. Biologists say the same thing could happen with many birds, and other species here in Colorado.
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