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Bird Watching Becomes “Electric” in MT

November 27, 2007

Missoula, MT – Montanans don't have to be scientists to observe climate change. From changing crop needs and prolonged drought, to variations in the movements of wildlife, all are evidence that climate changes are affecting the state. Jay Gulledge with the Pew Center on Global Climate Change explains bird migration changes can be noticed by Montanans who pay attention.

"Climate change has consequences that people can see. Bird watchers are seeing different species than they used to, and that is something that integrates over time."

Amy Cilimburg with Montana Audubon adds while the state has done much to preserve its wetlands, all that work is moot if the wetlands dry up due to climate change-related drought. She believes regulations at the federal level, such as Montana's requirement that a certain percentage of electricity come from renewable sources that don't generate greenhouse gases, would be a positive first step.

"We need federal action to really get the ball rolling. This isn't, in and of itself, going to solve global warming, but it is a good downpayment."

Groups representing more than 42,000 Montanans concerned about the new energy bill have petitioned Congress urging federal action that addresses global climate change before the end of the year.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - MT