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Habitat loss and fragmentation are widely recognized as among the most important threats to global biodiversity. New analytical approaches are providing improved ability to predict the effects of landscape change on population connectivity at;vast spatial extents. This paper presents an analysis of population connectivity for three species of conservation concern [swift fox (Vulpes velox); lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus); massasuaga (Sistrurus catenatus)] across the American Great Plains region. We used factorial least-cost path and resistant kernel analyses to predict effects of landscape conditions on corridor network connectivity. Our predictions of population connectivity provide testable...
This document, Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives, was originally prepared and submitted to the Department of Interior Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS) in May 2014. An informal tribal workgroup developed this document, and the ACCCNRS tribal representatives, Gary Morishima, Quinault Management Center, and Ann Marie Chischilly, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, coordinated the review and comment process. The collective work and expertise shared through these guidelines builds through a number of initiatives that have been exploring issues related to traditional knowledges and climate change in recent years. These...
The availability of output from climate model ensembles,such as phases 3 and 5 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project(CMIP3 and CMIP5), has greatly expanded information about future projections,but there is no accepted blueprint for how this data should be utilized.The multi-model average is themost commonly cited single estimate of future conditions,but higher-order moments representing thevariance and skewness of the distribution of projections provide important information about uncertainty. We have analyzed a set of statistically downscaled climate model projections from the CMIP3 archive to assess extreme weather events at a level aimed to be appropriate for decisionmakers. Our analysis uses the distribution...
Dozens of species of landbirds, such as warblers, hummingbirds, and orioles, migrate through the Northeastern United States from their summer breeding grounds in the U.S. and Canada to their nonbreeding grounds as far south as South America. During the migration period, birds must find habitat where they can stop, rest and replenish their energy reserves. Conservation efforts are increasingly focused on identifying stopover sites that are important for sustaining migratory landbird populations. This project builds upon prior work by the University of Delaware and USGS to use weather surveillance data and field surveys to map and predict important migratory bird stopover sites.This project was co-funded by through...

    map background search result map search result map Identifying Important Migratory Landbird Stopover Sites in the Northeast Publication: Interpreting climate model projections of extreme weather events Identifying Important Migratory Landbird Stopover Sites in the Northeast Publication: Interpreting climate model projections of extreme weather events