Fitting the Climate Lens to Grassland Bird Conservation: Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability Using Demographically-Informed Species Distribution Models

Project Type: 
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Fiscal Year: 
Project Leader: 
Research Partners: 
Christine Ribic, USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit; Cooperator(s) & Partner(s): Curtice Griffin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Scott Hull, Andy Paulios, David Sample, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; David King, US Forest Service-Amherst; Katie Koch, Melinda Knutson, Chris Trosen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; David Lorenz, Volker Radeloff, UW-Madison; Rosalind Renfrew, Vermont Center of Ecostudies; David Rugg, US Forest Service-Madison; Susan Skagen, USGS-Fort Collins
Science Themes: 

To develop the framework to identify demographic sensitivities and assess the vulnerability of grassland bird species to future climate change. Objectives are to (1) Develop a strong partnership among managers and researchers to understand how climate change could be accounted for in conservation and management planning for grassland birds throughout the NE CSC region. (2) Develop spatially-explicit and temporally dynamic species distribution models for a select group of grassland birds. (3) Evaluate current “on-the-ground” prairie and grassland management practices and the placement of existing and proposed conservation areas relative to future climate change.

--> View meeting summary for "Grassland Bird Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Collaborator Meeting"

  • News: Grassland Bird Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Meeting. December 20, 2013.
  • SUBMITTED: "Assessing the vulnerability of Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii), a declining grassland bird, to future climate change indicates a retraction in their demographic niche."
  • SUBMITTED: "The future demographic niche of a declining grassland bird fails to shift poleward in response to climate change"
  • Lisa A. McCauley,  Benjamin Zuckerberg, Christine A. Ribic. "Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability for Grassland Birds using Demographically Informed Species Distribution Models". American Grassland Conference, Ft Collins, Colorado. September 29 - October 1, 2015. 
  • Zuckerberg, B. C. Ribic, and L. McCauley. 2015. Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability of Grassland Birds Using Demographically Informed Species Distribution Models. Central Hardwoods Joint Venture technical committee. March 2016
  • Zuckerberg, B. Application of climate response models to bird conservation in the Americas. North American Ornithological Conference. August 2016