Climate Change: How it Affects Our Park
The rise in temperature and fluctuation in precipitation has the potential to greatly impact the wildlife in our park. Warmer temperatures will make it easier for pests to survive the winter, like mosquitoes and deer ticks (blacklegged ticks), and may increase their numbers. Many native species can only tolerate specific conditions, and will likely be replaced by non-native species that are more adapted to a fluctuating environment. Invasive species may be able to move in at a faster rate as well, temporarily or permanently altering the ecology in our area. Wildlife that is moving northward to escape the heat (such as the Virginia opossum and the white-footed mouse) may travel into the park's boundaries, increasing competition for resources and/or pushing our current wildlife north.
Did You Know?
At the headwaters of the Mississippi, the average surface speed of the water is 1.2 miles per hour. People typically walk 3 miles per hour.