Forest for the Birds Webinar Series #3
Climate Change, Adaptation and Impacts on Forest Bird Recovery
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Forest Ecology Working Group, National Conservation Training Center, and Migratory Bird Program have developed a 12-part monthly lecture series to address the 50-year decline of 3 billion birds through partnerships, conservation science and forest management. The series tells a compelling story about forest bird population declines, partnership opportunities, and forest management actions that can support bird population recovery and sustainability.
After engaging with the entire series, participants will be able to:
- Describe the decline of forest-dwelling birds in the U.S., identifying causes and risk factors
- Apply species vulnerability assessment tools to identify priority bird species
- Describe the importance of forest management planning from landscape to local scales, recognizing essential forest community composition and structure for bird conservation
- Identify forest conservation and habitat management alternatives
View the webinar series home page here. Click on the title below to view the video.
Recorded: May 18th, 2021
Presenters: Maria Janowiak (U.S. Forest Service) and Steve Matthews (Ohio State University)
Duration: 65 min
Maria Janowiak and Steve Matthews first talk about climate change impacts on forests and habitats, and then talk about impacts on birds. They introduce the three interrelated issues of shifting seasons, shifting stressors and finally shifting species. For example, growing seasons have increased ~2 weeks in past century. In addition to overall shifts in the seasons, there’s strong evidence that the climate is becoming more extreme and variable. They also introduce tools for adapting forest dependent birds and their habitats in light of climate change, such as the Climate Change Tree and Bird Atlases.