WCS 3-Sentence Science
Adirondack’s Boreal Birds Heading for Lean Times
December 13, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present work by WCS’s Molly Cross on how climate change is impacting boreal birds in New York’s Adirondack Park.
- Researchers looked at how climate change and other factors will affect occupancy patterns of eight boreal bird species living in the Adirondack Park in New York State — the southern edge of their range.
- They found that for most species, occupancy patterns are best described by climate drivers and appear most likely to colonize sites that have lower levels of precipitation and a high degree of connectivity, and they tend to persist in sites that are warmer in the breeding season and have low and less variable precipitation in the winter.
- Given climate change predictions for both temperature and precipitation, it is likely that habitat structural changes over the long term may alter these relationships in the future.
Study and Journal: “Relative contribution of climate and non-climate drivers in determining dynamic rates of boreal birds at the edge of their range” from PLOS ONE
WCS Co-Author(s): Molly Cross, Director, Climate Change Adaptation
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