Research suggests that climate change may affect some wildlife patterns in Newfoundland and Labrador, such as migratory birds and caribou. In fact, according to a 2014 study by the National Audubon Society in the United States, there are over 40 bird species in this province that could be climate threatened or endangered by 2080. The province's caribou are also vulnerable to these climate change impacts. Warmer temperatures are anticipated to improve conditions for some caribou parasites and other pests, as well as impact plant growth and the caribou's ability to access food in warmer, rainier winter months when hard layers of crust or ice can form on top of snow-covered food sources.
This application was created by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. It is designed to provide a broad overview of how climate change is impacting Newfoundland and Labrador, and facilitate meeting curriculum outcomes for the high school course Environmental Science 3205.