Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland, Professor in Conservation Science, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London.
There is the potential for migratory species to be affected by climate change because their migration is often driven by seasonal changes in their food resources. If spring comes earlier, the peak in food availability may also get earlier, leading to a mismatch between the species' migratory patterns and the resources they need to breed or survive. The saiga antelope of Central Asia is a migratory species that could potentially be affected by climate change, but the current lack of economic development in the region means there is a lot of potential habitat available for the antelopes, so they have a good chance of adapting to the effects of climate change. However, the antelope’s existing habitats could be threatened as oil and gas exploration and infrastructure construction get underway in the region.