The problem is, global warming is moving spring weather earlier and earlier. That means birds’ food is at its peak available earlier. That means, if birds don’t mate and breed earlier, there’s less food for their chicks. An article in The Guardian earlier this year, A wing and a prayer: how birds are coping with the climate crisis, by Stephen Moss, points out that a positive result of climate change is warmer winters, giving birds that mate more than once a year an advantage.
Unfortunately, the article also says:
But as our climate becomes less predictable, with more extreme weather events such as storms, droughts and floods, what scientists have called the “honeymoon period” will come to an abrupt end.Stephen Moss
Humans aren’t the only ones to suffer the consequences of our short-sightedness.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a mating pair of birds.