Impact of red squirrel distributional shifts on resiliency of birds in the face of climate change

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Little is known about how shifting small mammal populations in response to climate change will affect the bird species that they predate.  This project is relying on historical sampling and 2014 field surveys and trapping to examine how red squirrel populations have shifted in the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire and how birds may be affected by these shifts.

The results of this work allow agencies to target efforts towards at-risk target species and habitats. Red squirrels do not appear to be shifting in elevation, which is confirmed by NE CSC Fellow Tim Duclos's Masters work showing that they track habitat and not climate.

  • Morelli, Toni Lyn. Using decision tools to assess vulnerability and manage wildlife response to climate change. Annual Michigan Department of Natural Resources Professional Development Training, Traverse City, MI, January 2018.Morelli et al. Response of American Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) to Climate Change in the Northeast. Northeast Natural History Conference, April 20, 2015.
  • Ralston et al. Climate Change and Vulnerable Spruce-Fir Bird Species in the Northeast. Northeast Natural History Conference, April 20, 2015.
  • Morelli, Toni Lyn. NE NHC 2015 meeting at US Fish & Wildlife Service Region 3 Headquarters in November 2015
  • Morelli, Toni Lyn.  The effects of climate change on wildlife - U.C. Davis, CA, February 2016.
  • A community perspective on the effects of climate change on species distributions in the boreal forest of the northeastern United States, AGU 2016
  • Toni Lyn Morelli, William V. DeLuca, Timothy R. Duclos, Steve Faccio, Daniel Lambert, Joel Ralston, Judith Scarl, Keith H. Nislow, and Mary J. Ratnaswamy. 2017. Response of Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) to Climate Change in the Northeast Poster presented at ESA
  • NE CSC webinar April 5, 2017 "Using decision tools to assess vulnerability and inform management of wildlife in the Northeast"
  • Morelli, Toni Lyn. "Climate change refugia, landscape connectivity, and translational ecology". University of Connecticut Department of Environment and Wildlife, November 2017.



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