Evidently climate change continues to change the world. And birds, like other animals on the planet, have begun to make it clear how these changes also affect them. The contribution that birds provide to the planet is clearly projected by the way they migrate from one place to another, favoring the conservation of the species, while nourishing the ecosystem while eradicating insects and other small species.
But these migratory habits are changing in recent years. Storks, for example, have begun to be a subject of study in Germany and Poland, because they increasingly turn to snowy landscapes. Something that they would not have done in another era of humanity. But it is not only that they are taking presence in other places, but also what their migration periods or the extension of their stay in certain areas entails.
Will it become unsustainable to live on this planet?
There are many aspects that show that birds are warning us about the great danger that climate change means. These are some of the cases that demonstrate how the change in the temperatures of the planet is affecting the life of these species and how these changes have an impact on our life:
Butterflies and birds
Due to the difference in temperatures, birds and butterflies are ceasing to live in the same habitat. This means that birds are altering the balance of these habitats, which breaks the natural cycle of ecosystems.
There will be a larger population of butterflies because the birds will not feed on the caterpillars, and this will impact the health and nutrition of the birds themselves. There will be greater insect pests in the long term.
Colonization in Europe
More and more species from Africa are migrating to Europe, due to the increased heat of the southern continent. Ecologically this means that Europe has increasingly similar conditions to those in North Africa.
Colonization and the fact that birds go to other places, generate a distribution problem. So in the face of climate change, species are looking for other places to maintain their survival. This in turn impacts the migration distances being longer or shorter.
How does this affect? In that the distribution generated by the climatic change, would force that the fish will begin to settle more towards the north, fleeing of course of the birds.
The other serious phenomenon of climate change in relation to birds is that given the conditions of the planet, many birds prefer not to emigrate. Winter is increasingly favorable for its survival, so many decide not to cross the Sahara.
Not traveling to Africa has led to these species destabilizing the ecosystems of this continent. Meanwhile, the number of birds that decide to stay in the north is increasing.
The effect on the seasons
As a consequence of climate change, the seasons are not presenting at the same rate as before. Now it is known that spring times are ahead. The rest of the stations are also moving from traditional times on the calendar. And this is reflected in the very metabolism of the species so that their rhythm of life is more active and faster.
The breeding dates of the birds and their life cycles are now being more intense. There has been a change in the ecosystem worldwide.
Delay in ecosystem life
There is then a mismatch against what is the essence of ecosystems, due to the displacement of birds, as well as their settlement and sedentary lifestyle in certain regions. This mismatch is reflected in all the senses: the hunting of the species, the feeding of the young and the reproduction.
So there is a delay in everything. The search for food is no longer the same and the breeding population begins to decline.
The snowball effect
This is the panorama in summary of what the birds are suffering at the moment, as a result of climate change. Its long-term effect will be seen in the way life on the planet becomes unsustainable. There will be more places with fewer birds and others where their population increases.
This phenomenon demonstrates how on a smaller and larger scale, climate change puts not only the life of the human beings at risk, but also that of all the species that live on the planet.