“Duck Unlimited’s conservation staff has determined that climate change poses a significant threat to North America’s waterfowl.”
“Trout and salmon living in coldwater habitats are naturally vulnerable to a warming climate and related impacts such as increased wildfires and floods.”
Boone & Crockett Club
“Today’s forest and rangeland fires are both larger and hotter than ever.”
Hunters & Climate Change
Climate change is already having significant impacts on fish and game animals and their habitats. Hunters and fishermen are on the front lines of climate change, as many are already seeing the effects of it on their hunting and fishing opportunities. It can stress coldwater fish, threaten waterfowl reproduction, and has even been linked to species extinctions. Organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited are on record that climate change poses a threat to animals and their environments. If unchecked, the changing climate risks the traditions of sportsmen and future hunting opportunities.
bird species have moved further north due to climate change
billion dollar annual decrease in fisheries revenue
drop in max sustainable yield of ocean fisheries since 1930
Heard Around the Country
There’s little good news these days for salmon in the Lake Washington watershed, and new information from researchers paints an even bleaker future for some of Washington state’s most cherished animals. The number of kokanee salmon returning to spawn in the...
The Idaho Fish and Game commission voted last week to drastically reduce the number of available moose tags for the 2019-20 seasons. Climate change, reduced forage and predation are blamed for the large ungulates’ decline, Idaho Department of Fish and Game regional...
Rising seas, drought, famine, mass extinctions - the environmental and economic disasters that a consensus of scientists has predicted to occur by the end of the century as a result of climate change are well known. Scientists, however, are only just beginning to...
How are climate & weather different?
Climate means the long term behavior of weather. Weather is local and short-term; climate describes the average weather for a region at a given time of year based on historical patterns. Climate change means the average temperature and precipitation is not following those old patterns.
Where is there scientific agreement?
The world’s leading scientific organizations, including MIT and NASA, agree that human-caused climate change is happening and just a few more degrees of warming will increase the risk of intense storms, sea level rise and other extreme weather events.
How much warming has happened?
People have caused about 1.5ºF of unnatural warming by putting greenhouse gases into the air since 1889. While it may not sound like much, the extra warming has been linked to some natural disasters such as wildfires in the U.S. and drought in the Mediterranean.
In a Flash
- Wildlife are facing increasingly dangerous situations brought on by warming waters, shorter winters, longer droughts, invasive species, and shifting vegetation.
- Shifting habitats, food sources and migration patterns are a few of the critical factors changing hunting conditions.
- Many hunting and outdoors groups support actions to reduce carbon emissions to protect their heritage.
Sources and Citations
- U.S. Global Change Research Program. Fourth National Climate Assessment. https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/
- Climate Central. In Hot Water: Warming Waters are Stressing Fish and the Fishing Industry.
- MeatEater. Sportsmen & Climate Change – Conservation Field Notes with Steven Rinella