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Integrating Climate Change Research and Planning to Inform Wildlife Conservation in the Boreal Forests of the Northeastern U.S.

Dates

Start Date
2016-09-01
End Date
2018-09-30
Release Date
2016

Summary

Northeastern boreal forests are an important habitat type for many wildlife species, including migratory birds and moose. These animals play vital roles in the boreal forest ecosystem, are a source of pleasure for bird and wildlife watchers, and contribute to tourism revenue for many communities. However, moose and migratory birds are thought to be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. For example, in New York’s Adirondack Park system, five species of boreal birds have shown occupancy declines of 15% or more. Meanwhile, moose are threatened by winter ticks that thrive in warmer climates and spread disease. A 2018 New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) report found that there are approximately [...]

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Contacts

Funding Agency :
NCCWSC
Principal Investigator :
Molly Cross
CMS Group :
Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) Program

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Purpose

Boreal birds are thought to be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; in the Adirondack Park system, five species of boreal birds have shown occupancy declines of 15% or more. Building upon earlier scenario planning efforts related to moose management, this project will focus on climate change impacts to bird communities in the Adirondacks and neighboring boreal ecosystems. This project will use existing research to develop a mechanistic understanding of the causes of decline in both resident and migratory boreal bird species, including the effects of climate change. This project will also initiate a climate-informed planning effort that will explore options for conservation goals and action across a range of scales and decision makers. Finally, this work will explore how a changing climate may create opportunities for birds from further south and lower in elevation as they move into the relatively intact Adirondack Park.

Project Extension

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Budget Extension

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