Your Fault: Ants Are On the Move, Loons Are In Trouble

Have you ever noticed that the doomsday climate cult’s Media virtually never offers up any good news? How it’s always doom and gloom?

Ants in Colorado are on the move due to climate change

On a hot summer day in 2022, Anna Paraskevopoulos found herself trekking through forests and shrubs in Gregory Canyon near Boulder, flipping over rocks and logs to look for any signs of ants.

About six decades before that, a team of entomologists had walked on the same trails to record the local ant species, but what Paraskevopoulos saw was very different. Over the past 60 years, climate change has forced certain ant species, unable to tolerate higher temperatures, out of their original habitats in Gregory Canyon.

The resulting biodiversity change could potentially alter local ecosystems, according to Paraskevopoulos, a doctoral student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU Boulder. Her research findings appear April 9 in the journal Ecology.

Like all insects, ants are ectothermic, meaning their body temperature, metabolism and other bodily functions depend on the environment’s temperature. As a result, ants are sensitive to temperature fluctuations, making them a good marker to study the impact climate change has on ecosystems.

It’s like these cultists expect everything to always stay the same. What did the ants do during the Little Ice Age? How about during the previous Holocene warm periods? If you cannot offer that data than the study is incomplete.

Climate change threatens loon population, new study shows

Famous for their nocturnal calls, loons are aquatic birds often described as icons of the Northwoods. But new research shows climate change impairs their ability to feed their young.

A climate-induced decrease in water clarity could be a cause for the loon population decline in Wisconsin and more broadly across the northern United States, according to a new report from the academic journal Ecology.

Researchers used satellite imagery to study water clarity in 127 lakes across northern Wisconsin from 1995 to 2021. Increased rainfall in July each year reduced water clarity in loon territories. Over that time period, water clarity fell by about 16%, and chicks lost about 10% of their weight. Adult loons have also dropped weight each year since 1995.

The findings suggest that a decline in water clarity hurts loon reproductive success. Since loons are visual predators, they depend on high water clarity to hunt fish underwater and feed their chicks. With a reduced diet, chicks have lower survival rates.

Could. Suggests. They’re looking at things that happened and making assumptions without the facts. Typical climate cult science.

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11 Responses to “Your Fault: Ants Are On the Move, Loons Are In Trouble”

  1. Dana says:

    When it comes to global warming climate change, the loon population have grown, seemingly exponentially!

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Species become extinct all the time. Who needs loons anyway?

      It’s simple. The hundreds of vertebrate species that have become extinct in the past few centuries couldn’t compete with we human animals. For example, a recently discovered pathogenic fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, is killing off frog species globally.

      As the biologist William Teach points out often, the world is always changing. Species must adapt or die out.

      Major extinctions do not occur at a steady rate but depend on major environmental changes on Earth.

      Very, very occasionally in the distant past, the planet has undergone change so wrenching that the diversity of life has plummeted. Five of these ancient events were catastrophic enough that they’re put in their own category: the so-called Big Five.

      mya = million years ago

      End Ordovician (444 mya) (86% of species extinct)
      Late Devonian (360 mya) (75% of species)
      End Permian (250 mya) (96% of species)
      End Triassic (200 mya) (80% of species)
      End Cretaceous (65 mya) (76% of species) the event that killed off the dinosaurs!
      End Holocene (current) (?? of species)

      In the last 25,000 years or so short-faced bears, sabre tooth tigers and scimitar cats, mammoths and mastodons, 2000 lb ground sloths, 200 lb beavers, American zebra and hundreds of other species have disappeared. Agriculture and habitat loss, spreading of diseases, overhunting, pollution and climate change, and introduction of invasive species all contribute to species loss.

  2. Professor Hale says:

    Same story as the fire ants, killer bees and murder hornets.

    Killer bees; doing the pollination jobs that American bees wouldn’t do.

    Reminds me. I saw a YouTube video recently about a guy who removes parasites from Murder hornets, then turns the hornets loose. Posted next to a video about how “murderous” those Murder hornets are and great ways to kill them so they don’t kill you first. It made me think about that first guy. What the heck are you doing? Just step on that thing and be done with it.

  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Big deal. Who could possibly be surprised that as the Earth’s climate changes that the behavior of animals changes in response? Of course insect distribution will change. Duh. Even plant growth patterns are changing. So what? Humans, with their big brains, will adapt.

  4. JimS says:

    Have you ever noticed that the doomsday climate cult’s Media virtually never offers up any good news? How it’s always doom and gloom?

    You don’t sell papers by saying “everything’s hunky-dory”. You don’t get government grants either.

  5. david7134 says:

    This so called research is filled with propaganda. Ants have nothing to do with excess heat, they move depending on rainfall. I will see an area without a single ant. A big rainfall come and suddenly ant hills are everywhere. Reason is that ants find it easier to dig in wet soil and they desire a mound above pooling water.

    This is why peer review is broken. Any paper that is published must continue the lies of climate change.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      The scientists reported that the ant population compositions were different from those measured in the late 50s and attributed the changes to global warming.

      The authors also noted:

      An analysis across 16 studies has shown insect populations declined by 45% in the last four decades. In North America, the monarch butterfly population fell by 90% in the last 20 years. In Colorado, one in five native bumblebees is at risk.

      “Data” is not the plural of “anecdote”.

      • david7134 says:

        Once again you are spewing crap. I have asked you to not respond to my comments. There are multiple problems with the utterances.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:


          Stop lying and making up bullshit. Please stop responding to my comments.

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