Global Warming

Most California IBAs Will Protect Sensitive Bird Species Against Climate Change

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Research by William Monahan, Andrea Jones, Karen Velas, and Gary Langham

Future climate change poses an unprecedented threat to birds that will result in a certain amount of bird loss in California1. Challenging questions now remain as to where and how we should manage our lands in order to help bird species become more resilient to climate change. At least part of the answer is revealed by this analysis of future climate change models that show that most California Important Birds Areas – a network of sites identified by Audubon California as providing essential habitat for birds – will protect sensitive bird species against climate change.

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