Some Animals Seek Cooler Climates, Look to Southeast U.S.

By Valerie Smock
8/5/2013 7:14:17 AM

Scientists from the University of Washington have found that animals are taking a detour due to a warming would. Valerie Smock said they are in search of a cooler climate.

Just like humans, animals look for ways to stay cool. They aren't just reaching for an ice block, these animals are searching for cooler climates. One region expected to see an influx in traffic is the Southeast.

In spite of considerable human development, the region could provide some of the Western Hemisphere's more heavily used thoroughfares for mammals, birds and amphibians on their way to cooler environments in a warming world. The estimate in the Southeastern states is up to 2.5 times the average amount of movement across North and South America.

There have been some localized studies about this topic, but this is the first to project species movements based on both climate change and the constraints of human alterations to the landscape. These types of research can help guide land use and conservation planning.