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Jonesboro, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

How Does Global Warming Affect Region 8 Wildlife?

May 15, 2006 -- Posted at 8:50 p.m. CDT


JONESBORO, AR -- In a news conference held Monday morning, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation announced a new poll that shows hunters and fishermen inArkansas feel global warming is affecting wildlife.

Arkansas State University professor Doctor Jim Bednarz says this is something he's seen happening for a while.

“Birds in particular, are shifting their distributions and shifting their time of migration… and also when they nest, all correlated to global warming,” said Bednarz.

Over the past 20 years there has been a major decline in the number of ducks coming down to Arkansas and other southern states.  Researchers say, part of that, is due to global warming.

Bednarz, and one of his students, have been working on an analysis of where ducks migrate to the most.

“There’s been a significant decrease in the number of birds wintering in Arkansas and states in the south, at the same time there’s a significant increase in the number of mallards wintering in the states to the north,” said Bednarz.

Local hunters are seeing this change during hunting season.

“When it’s warmer in the year, we see less ducks coming from up north, so it never freezes over.  Therefore, not as many of them seem to leave from up north to migrate down south,” said hunter Dennis Noell.


“The wildlife are responding to the change in temperature, and the change in seasons,” said Bednarz.


As far as deer hunting is concerned, hunters say the warmer it is outside the less movement they see.  Deer tend to move only at night when temperatures are cooler.


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