One of the topics that we frequently help children to understand is the landscapes and habitats of the Arctic, and how climate change is altering them. We often focus on the meeting of grizzly bears and polar bears, leading to the ‘groler’ or ‘pizzly’ bear – several of which have now been confirmed in Canada – but the plight of birds due to changing habitats may be less well known. 

An artist’s impression of a polar-grizzly bear hybrid. In reality the offspring are a mix of both parents and individual features can be just as variable as in humans.
Illustration: Nickolay Lamm/Business Insider, courtesy of sciencenordic.com

A new scientific report has found that nesting birds in the Arctic are facing increasing danger of being predated. They point to a link with climate change, which may be changing the behaviour and habitat of animals, such as foxes, which steal eggs.

“We’re seeing the sad implication of climate change,” Prof Székely told BBC News, “because our data show that the impact of climate change is involved, driving increased nest predation among these shorebirds – sandpipers, plovers and the likes.

Read the full story on BBC news.

Cover photo courtesy of Getty Images, used in the BBC article.