2025 : Climate Change


For Changes in Species in the Park Begin to Show

Changes in Species in the Park Begin to Show

Climate change is affecting the types of species that live in the Park. The fall foliage is muted as sugar maples in particular have a hard time. Many species move north (boreal birds, pine marten, moose, loon, etc.) and are less frequently seen in the Park. And some species whose range was north of the Park move south too.

Influenced Scenarios



NYS to Begin Spraying Program to Control Ticks

Citing the public health issues, NYS will begin spraying some public lands.

Read the news story here.

NYS Holds Summit on Lake Champlain´s Toxic Algae Blooms

An effort to combat toxic algae blooms in Lake Champlain has $65 million from NYS.  The summit is the first step in determining how to use these funds.

Read the news story here.

Research Shows Birds Moving Uphill

The research area on Whiteface mountain showed most birds moving higher up the mountain since the last survey in the 1970s.

Read the news story here.  The article has the reference to the scientific publication.

Lyme disease Increases Linked to Climate Change

In 25 years (1991-2015, the number of Lyme disease cases doubled from 4 per 100,000 to 8.  Keene and Keene Valley are a hot spot.

Read the news story here.

More Deer Ticks Show Up in St Lawrence Cty

The ticks spread lyme disease.  St Lawrence Country research is suddenly showing tick numbers similar to the mid-Hudson valley region, the hardest hit area of the state.

Read the news story here.

Climate Change Threatens Boreal Species in Park

Not only are rising tick populations due to shorter winters contributing to Moose deaths, but less snow and warmer temperatures from climate change are predicted to negatively affect Moose and other boreal species that thrive in the colder winters. Among other changes expected in the park is a major decline in spruce-firs which an absence of has negative consequences on various boreal bird species like chickadee.

Read the news story here

Bird Species Shifting Uphill on Whiteface Mountain

The New York State Museum just recently did bird surveys in 2013 and 2014 on Whiteface Mountain replicating surveys by University of Albany biologists' surveys in 1973 and 1974. The results showed that bird species that were not previously found at the top of the mountain that are now prevalent there. Two of the species were the American robin and yellow-bellied flycatcher. 

Read the news story here

Blue-Green Algae Bloom Closes Port Henry Beach

The presence of Blue-Green Algae, a toxic substance that causes sickness and even death was present in Lake Champlain near Port Henry Beach. The beach was closed until the water can be tested and proves safe to swim.

Read the news story here

EPA Releases Cold Water Fish Study

The report says trout and salmon would be entirely gone from the Adirondacks in 85yrs.  Of course, their disappearance will be noticed over time as it progresses.

Read the new story here

Artic Snowy Owls Appearing Again

These arctic birds are appearing in our region yet again.

Read the news item here.

TNC Releases Lake Trout Study

A new Adk Nature Conservancy study proposes measures for lake front owners to take to help keep Lake Trout  in the age of climate change.

Read the report here

New Invasive Insect Appearing

An invasive fruit fly is appearing in the region.  This one goes after berry crops.

Read the news story here.

Unusual Butterflies Appear

The Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (the largest in North America) appears in our region, moving north.

Read the article here.

Willow Tarmigan Appearing in the Region

The bird normally only lives in northern Canada and Alaska

Read the news story here.

Some Boreal Birds Declining

The birds are at the southern end of their range here in the Park.  The cause of the decline isn't clear but climate change is one likely suspect.

You can read a news article about the report here.  The academic journal article is not available on the web.

Climate Change Impacts Showing on Farms

The impacts of climate change on farms is a mix of good news and bad news. 

Read the news story including ongoing research efforts here.

Arctic Snowy Owls Showing up in the ADKs

These large beautiful birds are now showing up in the Park.

Read why and get more info here.

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