Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World

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.
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Spectacled Eider

Spectacled eiders are Arctic birds named for the black rims around their eyes which resemble old-fashioned spectacles. Through these spectacles, eiders seek out shellfish and clams to feast on in the Bering Sea.
Photo Credit:
Joel Satore / ILCP (Part of Irreplaceable Wildlife Photo Exhibit)
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Spectacled Eider

Scientific Name: 
Somateria fischeri
IUCN Red List: 
No data
Endangered Species Act List: 
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Named for the crisp, black rim that encircles its eyes like an old-fashioned spectacle, spectacled eiders are a species of Arctic sea ducks that breed along the coasts of Alaska and Siberia. Only male ducks sport this distinctive coloration—female eiders are dark brown and their spectacle patterns are much more subtle. The eiders seek out clams in the Bering Sea and can dive at depths of more than 180 feet to feast on the shellfish!

Climate Change Impacts

The Arctic’s harsh conditions have long given the well-adapted spectacled eider an edge over other species when it comes to finding food. But warmer temperatures now allow new species to enter into the eider’s habitat and compete for food. Adding to their troubles, global warming is also drying up the wetlands and ponds that spectacled eiders and other waterfowl use for breeding, which will have long-term impacts on the species&rdquote; survival.

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.