Technology »  Topic »  Study finds elk have the means to adapt to changing climate cues, but migratory shifts may have unknown ripple effects throughout the region

Study finds elk have the means to adapt to changing climate cues, but migratory shifts may have unknown ripple effects throughout the region


Every spring, tens of thousands of elk follow a wave of green growth up onto the high plateaus in and around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, where they spend the summer calving and fattening on fresh grass. And every fall, the massive herds migrate back down into the surrounding valleys and plains, where lower elevations provide respite from harsh winters.

These migratory elk rely primarily on environmental cues, including a retreating snowline and the greening grasses of spring, to decide when to make these yearly journeys, shows a new study led by University of California, Berkeley, researchers. The study ...


Read the full text sciencedaily