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  • Feb 4 - Birds are helping trees migrate
    As trees outgrow their ideal habitats in the face of climate change, or battle new insects and disease, the flying ecosystem engineers could be a big help replanting trees. Many members of the family Corvidae—the crows, jays and magpies—are scatter-hoarders. When they forget something, a seedling has a chance to grow, sometimes a good distance away. Pesendorfer and his colleagues catalogued the seed-scattering activities of the Clark's nutcracker and its cousins in a new review paper, in the journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications.
  • Feb 4 - Birds already coping with climate change
    Changes in climate conditions beyond mean temperature are influencing distributional changes. Bateman et al. (2015) quantified the pace and direction of change for various bird species' suitable climate space over the past 60 years. Many birds ranges have shifted at twice the previously assumed speed while species distribution have shifted west, northwest, and north contradicting previous predictions that birds would only shift northward. Importantly, many areas might have supported more breeding bird species had the landscape not been altered by land use.

    The pace of past climate change vs. potential bird distributions and land use in the United States. Global Change Biology. Brooke L. Bateman, Anna M. Pidgeon, Volker C. Radeloff, Jeremy VanDerWal, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Stephen J. Vavrus and Patricia J. Heglund. Article first published online : 22 DEC 2015, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13154
  • Jan 31 - Climate change causes makeover of New England's forests
  • Jan 27 - Warm Ocean and Bird Mortality in Alaska
  • Jan 27 - Warm oceans and Sea Level Rise

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Effects of climate and vegetation on martens and fishers in the Sierra Nevada, California

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CBI investigated the effects of climate and vegetation on the distribution of martens (Martes caurina) and fishers (Martes pennanti) in the Sierra Nevada in California ...

Integrated Scenarios Dataset Collection

What might the Northwestern US look like over the course of the 21st century as a result of anthropogenic climate change? To address this question a coordinated effort using state of the science models including the latest climate, hydrologic and vegetation models was used to illustrate potential scenarios of the future Northwest environment. The end product was a ...

Delivering Usable Climate Change Information to Sagebrush Managers

Climate change is adding uncertainty to the long-term effectiveness of current land management strategies. Information is needed to adjust these strategies for projected increased climate variability, longer droughts, more intense rainfall events, warmer summers, reduced water provision and changes in fire regime. Our goal is to discover how climate change information ...

Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs(MACA) Downscaling Method

Climate scenarios from global climate models (GCM) provide the primary scientific basis for our understanding of future climates. However, output data from GCMs are at coarse scales (i.e. 100-300 km) resulting in significant biases in regions of complex climate such as the Northwestern US making direct application of such data intractable. To overcome these ...

DRECP Climate Console Guide and Case Study

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Climate Console is a user friendly web based mapping application designed to allow users to explore climate projections to better understand how climate change could alter ecosystems in the California desert. Leveraging the power of ...