Arkansas Wildlife Federation
 

Some organisms are dependent on certain climatic conditions (i.e. spring dates, frost dates, precipitation, temperature, etc.) to trigger life history events. Many other organisms are dependant on these organisms for survival. As these environmental conditions change, the timing of many life history events in animals change, putting into question the preservation of these relationships in nature. Some organisms will adjust and survive but many more vulnerable species may perish as these delicate ecological relationships are altered.

Global warming has already been shown to have adverse effects on wildlife, including a migration to higher latitudes and a northward shift of home ranges An analysis of many scientific articles was compiled into a larger report  and a majority of the findings were shown to be consistent with global warming predictions for organisms. In addition, the Parmesan report which outlines current global warming impacts on community and ecosystem change can be viewed here.

Global Warming, Arkansas Sportsman, and Game Species

Increasingly sportsman and hunters have become more and more aware about the effects of global warming on their particular game species.  In Arkansas 77% of hunters and anglers agree global warming is currently occurring, and 74% agree global warming is a threat to the state economy because it depends upon income from natural resources, such as the timber industry and hunting and fishing.

The blog ontarget global warming  deals with the relationship between global warming and hunters, and has the results of the national sportsman poll on global warming. Also a wealth of information on the potential effects of global warming on game and relevant fish species in Arkansas is addressed on this site.

Duck hunters interested in passing on their sporting traditions to their children and grandchildren should be aware of the potential negative effects that Global Warming can have on their favorite duck species. Also, anglers should be concerned with global warming, and the potential effects it poses to the survival of game species in the many generations to come.  Coldwater fish are particularly vulnerable because they don’t respond well to warming water.  For more information on global warming’s effect on cold water fish go here.

Apr
19
Sat
10:00 am AWF Quarterly Meeting @ Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
AWF Quarterly Meeting @ Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The quarterly AWF meeting will be held at the Central Arkansas Nature Center (CANC) training room. The meeting is open to the public. If [...]
Jun
7
Sat
8:00 am 2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Project Bass Fishing Tournament @ Lake Dardanelle State Park
2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Proje… @ Lake Dardanelle State Park
Jun 7 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Project Bass Fishing Tournament @ Lake Dardanelle State Park | Russellville | Arkansas | United States
Please be aware that pre-registration is required and that certain parts of the event will take place the evening of June 6, 2014 and [...]
Aug
23
Sat
4:00 pm AWF Annual Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet @ The Center of Bryant
AWF Annual Conservation Achievem… @ The Center of Bryant
Aug 23 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Banquet Flyer 2014 Come help AWF honor and reward those who have gone above and beyond for conservation in Arkansas. Banquet also includes a [...]