This post comes to us from Ohio River Radio Consortium Editor and WFPL Environmental Reporter Kristin Espeland Gourlay.

This week, the Ohio River Radio Consortium covered the serious threats to wetlands: human development and climate change. Reporter Micah Schweizer from WNIN in Evansville, Indiana visited the Sloughs wildlife refuge, where over-wintering ducks are a more common sight than they used to be. Years ago, wildlife biologists tell Micah, you’d find these birds further south. While the effects of suburban sprawl and agricultural conversion of wetlands to farmland are more obvious, Micah found that a warming climate could also play a devastating role in drying up wetlands. You can listen to Micah’s story here.