New research shows that the Lower Keys marsh rabbit, an endangered rabbit found in Florida, has lost 64 percent of its habitat in the last five decades due primarily to sea-level rise.
By comparing aerial photos of the islands on which the rabbits live, the research determined their most likely habitats. They then confirmed the locations by searching for fecal pellets in those areas. Of the 64 percent of their habitat lost, 48 percent was due to sea-level rise; the rest is due most likely to development.
The study, Impacts of a half century of sea-level rise and development on an endangered mammal, was published in the journal Global Change Biology.
To learn more about sea-level rise, check out some of these links:
- Lost coast: sea-level rise is shrinking endangered rabbit’s habitat
- Recovery for Lower Keys Rabit, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- National Oceanographic’s Sea Level Rise
- A student’s guide to global climate change: sea level rise
- New Approach to Determining Sea Level Rise
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