This week in birds - #521
A roundup of the week's news of birds and the environment:
This is not really a surprise: Climate change is making summers hotter and drier, exacerbating the drought that is affecting wide areas at the moment.
In the southwestern United States, the long-lasting megadrought may bring an end to the farming/ranching way of life that has long been so much a part of the culture of the area.
But in another part of the world, the problem isn't drought but monsoon; climate change is increasing the rainfall and making the phenomenon less predictable.
In this country, the conservative-packed Supreme Court seems bent on destroying the meager protections for the environment that have been in place. They appear likely to take their scissors to the Clean Water Act, one of the basic protections holding back the developers. What will be left after their hacking away at it?
*~*~*~*American Bird Conservancy's Bird of the Week is the little Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. It nests throughout the northern regions of the continent and winters throughout much of the southern half.