Warm Winter Could Be Bad News

By: Justin Ware Email
By: Justin Ware Email

Eventually, the snow and cold are coming.

I mean, it has to, this is Wisconsin.

And when that weather arrives, it could be bad news for the plants in your garden.

"They won't look good early in the season," said Antony Jay, Jung Garden Center, "but they'll recover."

Jay says the unusually warm weather could fool some plants into blooming early.

If a winter storm slams into blooming plants with frigid temperatures, Jay says that could damage some perennials, but he doesn't think it would destroy them.

However, the situation could be much worse for Wisconsin's bird population.

"At this point, I think that the good science rests on the side that it's probably not going to be good," said Susan Foote-Martin, department of natural resources endangered species bureau.

Foote-Martin says a sudden cool down could damage migrating animal populations.

She says global warming has confused a lot of migrating bird species that rely on open water for food into staying in Wisconsin this winter.

"Right now, (the bird is) still there and it's able to survive and do quite well," said Foote-Martin, "but if things change too quickly the bird could be left high and dry and have problems."

While it's still too early to tell what impacts a warmer climate would have on our area, Foote-Martin cautions, any change, no matter how small it might seem, can potentially have a huge impact.

"Everything is connected and that includes us," said Foote-Martin. "What we do to the planet we do to ourselves. So we had better pay attention, look for trends and act accordingly."

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