As climate change creates a hotter and drier California, our native birds will relocate to more hospitable areas, and existing communities of species will recombine in new ways that may threaten their survival.
PRBO and their partners have developed interactive maps showing the projected redistribution of bird species in California.
As is often the case, the initial findings of this study, published as “Reshuffling of Species with Climate Disruption: A No-Analog Future for California Birds?” suggest several areas where additional research is warranted, says lead author Diana Strahlberg.
Strahlberg also suggests that the approach taken in this study, of examining the interactive relationships between species as they respond to climate change, could also herald a new way of looking at wildlife management.
Diana Strahlberg of the PRBO will be among the presenters at the annual State of the Laguna Conference on Wednesday at Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park.