It’s an unexpectedly busy summer for invasive species in Connecticut. A new beetle is attacking pines and an old one is attacking ash trees. There’s another dangerous mosquito. The big question — will climate change bring even more problems?
As Connecticut undertakes the 10-year update to its Wildlife Action Plan, it faces challenges not even imagined a decade ago — most notably, the dramatic effects of climate change.
The cold, snowy winter followed by a wet, chilly spring have had consequences for Connecticut’s wildlife, plants and insects. Some consequences are predictable, but more often those consequences are unexpected, counter-intuitive — and even good.