Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World

Feature:
Irreplaceable Wildlife in A Warming World
Graphic of irreplacable species, emperor penguin.
We are connected to each other, to our environment. From faraway places to our own backyard. But climate change is now changing the Earth as we know it, and animals and plants from the Arctic to the Everglades are feeling the consequences.
Key Resources:

Pacific Salmon

Pacific salmon have been the lifeblood of generations of fishermen and are an integral part of communities up and down the coast. Adapted for cold water, salmon cannot survive prolonged exposure to stream temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Photo Credit:
Paul Nicklen / National Geographic / ILCP (Part of Irreplaceable Wildlife Photo Exhibit)
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Pacific Salmon

Scientific Name: 
Oncorhynchus genus
IUCN Red List: 
No data
Endangered Species Act List: 
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One of the most enduring icons of the Pacific Northwest, Pacific salmon have been the lifeblood of generations of fishermen and are an integral part of communities up and down the West coast. Salmon are anadromous, which means they are born in fresh water but migrate to the oceans to mature. Adult salmon have an uncanny ability to return to the same exact stream in which they were born and migrate upstream to spawn. In the last century, the construction of large dams along many of the West’s great rivers, such as the Columbia, Sacramento and Klamth, have decimated many Pacific salmon species.

Climate Change Impacts

Adapted for cold water, Pacific salmon cannot survive prolonged exposure to stream temperatures above 70 °F. In fact, the "red" or sockeye salmon (pictured above) are already extinct over much of their range in part because of warmer water conditions. If stream or ocean temperatures continue to rise, sockeye may be pushed entirely out of their native Pacific range. Warmer temperatures may also reduce snowmelt, which is the source of water for many salmon streams in the West.

Irreplaceable in Your Neighborhood

The Earthjustice traveling photo exhibit, Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World, is available to bring education, scholarship and research to your community. For more information on booking the exhibit, including fees, exhibit specifications, requirements and descriptions, please contact Nadine de Coteau at 1-800-584-6460.