Climate Change and Wildlife

Climate change poses a number of threats to wildlife - from shifting habitat suitability as temperatures rise to increasing disturbances from more intense storms, habitat loss due to sea-level rise, and more. Different species will have different abilities to adapt or respond to climate change, resulting in changes to the relationships between species. Fortunately, there are a variety of things we can do to help protect wildlife and habitat in a changing climate.

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change for New Hampshire's Wildlife 

Toni Lyn Morelli, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center/University of Massachusetts

Land Protection and Wildlife Climate Change Adaptation 

Dave Patrick, The Nature Conservancy

Riparian Buffers: Critical Habitat for Adapting Wildlife 

Cory Riley, Great Bay NERR/NH Fish and Game Department, and Pete Steckler, The Nature Conservancy 

Replacing Culverts for Flood Resiliency and Aquatic Connectivity 

Cheryl Bondi and Lori Sommer, NH Department of Environmental Services Wetlands Bureau

Community Planning for People and Wildlife 

Jens Hawkins-Hilke, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department 

Wildlife & Renewable Energy 

Bruce Clendenning, The Nature Conservancy

Engaging Your Community 

Amanda Stone, UNH Cooperative Extension, and Lisa Wise, NH Sea Grant Extension

Questions about climate change? Contact Lisa Wise, Climate Adaptation Program Manager, NH Sea Grant Extension:, (603) 862-2356.