Batt said climate change is throwing the bird world out of whack. Like the canvasbacks, which are wintering farther north, mallards that once spent the cold months in Mississippi and Arkansas are instead spending the season in Missouri and Kansas. The blue-winged teal, which typically rides out the winter in Cuba and South America, has switched locales to Louisiana and Texas.
"Climate change is the story," Batt said. "Nobody knows how this is all going to shake out in the long run, and each species is a little different."
Tags: Birds, Climate Change, Global Warming