Just for the Birds: Climate Change and Birds — Part I | Outdoor News


I wrote a few weeks ago about how some bird species are more closely tied to particular elevation bands than others. With global warming, species seeking to avoid rising temperatures may rise in altitude or move towards the North (or South) pole. But species that already live on mountaintops, like black finches, have fewer options. There is no more “up” available, although they can move north…for now.

This is just a simple example of how species might react to climate change. It’s possible to take a big step back, look at all types of bird species, and ask what sort of characteristics of a species make it better able to cope with environmental change over time? This type of analysis is called a vulnerability assessment.


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