The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will soon include Climate change as a part of their wildlife management plans. This comes as a result of record rises in temperature. The program through which North Dakota will engage in climate change studies might last for Decades.
The data will be collected for 30 years, beginning in 2017 and will consist of studies on animal species behavioral changes along with many other areas of interest.
Weather does not only affect a species environmental changes but also its behavioral pattern. Also the disappearance or migration of certain species of wildlife influences the behavior of the remaining ones as a direct affect of food shortages or abundance depending on the case.
Changes in weather influence the growth rate of plants and in some cases can lead to a certain native herb to go extinct in a certain area.
Mammals will not be include in the State’s climate change study, since the focus point of the program is the aquatic and air species that are in danger.
The study will contain data on climate change influences on native species, and invasive ones. It will also focus on the spread and numbers of rare viruses or parasite cases reported.
Normally scientist that worked for the Game and Fish Department of North Dakota, were only studying the species themselves.
Now they will study the habitat changes, food chain development, and weather patterns collaborating the finds with other fields that can affect or be effected by climate change.
Insects will also be studied in order to detect changes in the soil’s texture and composition, since they rely heavily on certain minerals and biological compounds in order to survive. If these change due to weather so will the population and type of critters that are found.
North Dakota has the fastest rise in temperature among the lower 48 states, and has experienced earlier springs and other meteorological changes that can affect the bio-environment.
North Dakota has not adopted a statewide adaptation plan regarding climate change and is one of the most industrialized states in the U.S.
North Dakota consumes more energy per person then almost any other U.S. State and produces a lot of its own coal. North Dakota also covers some of its Oil and natural gas needs.
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