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Satellite Data helps Predict U.S. Wintering Bird Abundance

November 22, 2019

CREDIT: PAUL ELSEN/WCS
  1. The variables were then used to predict patterns of winter bird richness across the conterminous U.S., and the authors hypothesized that the thermal metrics would be particularly important for predicting species that are sensitive to temperature.
  2. The authors found that their thermal metrics could predict winter bird richness patterns and that these metrics were more important for thermally sensitive species, which suggests that they have promise in guiding conservation planning.

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