Research Task: BA01DU9.4.21
Task Manager: Susan Skagen
Wetland ecosystems function as important migratory and breeding bird habitats and add significantly to local and regional biodiversity. These ecosystems are increasingly threatened by climate change and the potential synergistic effects of increasing demand for water and invasion by exotic species. Scientists in USGS biology, water, and geology are examining the effects of climate and land-use change on bird populations and their wetland habitats in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of North America. Our team is developing a set of products that includes (1) a synthesis of current knowledge on the interrelationships of climate, wetlands condition, and bird communities; and (2) data on historical and future projections of climate formatted for use in standard mapping software. We are also developing models to (1) forecast effects and biological outcomes of climate change on water quality and quantity on wetlands and riverine ecosystems of the PPR; (2) elucidate relationships between climate, streamflow, water management, and wetland plants; and (3) understand and forecast bird responses to changing habitat conditions and timing of resource availability. The outcomes of this research will inform and assist managers and conservation professionals tasked with conserving populations of wetland-dependent birds.
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