|Science Art-Nature presents Challenges of Climate Change|
A Madagascar endemic, the Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity is a colorful, elfin bird that feeds in a hyperactive manor on nectar and insects. Its range is restricted to the higher elevation scrubby woodlands of the island's eastern highlands. While this habitat has low economic value it's on a projectory of steady decline and fragmentation due to tree clearing and grassland burning for agriculture. A 2013 study predicts climate change will be extremely problematic for this species, projecting the loss of as much as 98 percent of its ecological niche by 2050.
Ann Geise Batavia, Ohio USA