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Strategies for Reducing the Vulnerability of Grassland Birds to Climate Change within the Central Flyway

A National CASC FY19 Directed Funding Project
Principal Investigator
Benjamin Zuckerberg

Dates

Release Date
2019
Start Date
2019-09-20
End Date
2022-09-19

Summary

Prairies were once widespread across North America, but are now one of the most endangered and least protected ecosystems in the world. Agriculture and residential development have reduced once extensive prairies into a patchwork of remnant prairies and “surrogate” grasslands (e.g., hayfields, planted pastures). Grassland ecosystems and many grassland-dependent birds are also particularly vulnerable to rapid shifts in climate and associated changes in drought and extreme weather. The Central Flyway is a vast bird migration route that comprises more than half of the continental U.S., and extends from Central America to Canada, and harbors the greatest diversity of grassland birds in North America. Throughout this region, numerous [...]

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Purpose

This project will provide a synthesis of climate change impacts to grassland habitats across the Central Flyway of the United States (from the Prairie Potholes to the Playa Lakes), with an emphasis on clarifying impacts to grassland-dependent migratory birds. This work will synthesize the state of the science, including providing a robust assessment of how climate variables directly and indirectly (via land use change) affect grassland habitats and migratory bird populations. In addition, the work will analyze the implications of these changes for natural resource management in the region, including through an assessment of how management strategies may be either challenged or enhanced by these changes, and a review of potential strategies that may support management objectives.

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typeTechnical Summary
valuePrairies
projectStatusIn Progress

Budget Extension

annualBudgets
year2019
totalFunds159825.79
parts
typeAward Type
valueCooperative Agreement
typeAward Number
valueG19AC00344
totalFunds159825.79

Migratory Snow Geese at Freezeout Lake in Montana - Credit: Holly Chandler
Migratory Snow Geese at Freezeout Lake in Montana - Credit: Holly Chandler

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  • National CASC
  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • North Central CASC
  • Northeast CASC
  • South Central CASC

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RegistrationUUID NCCWSC 5382b541-e9e3-4d2a-990d-f09b9cb9cdc8
StampID NCCWSC NCCWSC19-ZB1852

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