Endangered frequent fliers [slideshow]
Photo courtesy of David Benson
Life’s a bitch in the krummholz, especially in winter. The krummholz, as we all know, is an unforgiving alpine zone where the white-tailed ptarmigan makes its home. With feathered toes, camo plumage and a really sedentary lifestyle doth the ptarmigan survive the krummi winters. (It inhabits alpine regions from Alaska to New Mexico.)
But warmer weather associated with climate change threatens the krummholz and other alpine regions and thus our white-tailed ptarmigan.
Number one energy-saving tip from this smallest member of the grouse family which, btw, poops about 50 times a night: avoid flying.