Earlier this month I had the pleasure of meeting with the Girl Scouts of Allston/Brighton, MA to discuss local scale impacts of climate change. The troop was particularly interested in Massachusetts’s birds and how they can be impacted by climate in ways that aren't always easy to see.
Together, we drew the life cycle and habitat preferences of birds that migrate to Massachusetts and thought about how climate and people can impact each stage.
We focused on the potential for climate to shift food availability for birds that eat fruits and insects, and the consequences of these ecological mismatches for birds and other species.
But most importantly we talked about how cool birds are and how we can help support local bird populations going forward. I had a great time meeting with the troop and answering their insightful questions about climate change impacts! The cookies they gifted me were icing on the cake.