Breeding phenology and reproductive success of the Rufous-winged Sparrow in the Sonoran Desert as indicators of climate change in northwestern Mexico
Project Description Projections from global circulation models predict an increase in aridity and major climatic changes in the arid southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Nesting phenology and reproductive success of species like Rufous-winged Sparrow (Peucaea carpalis) and other native desert birds could be used as early indicators of the climate change in the region.
As part of the NCA process, the principal investigators of the Southwest Climate Science Center prepared a technical report and synthesis of current and projected climate change impacts specific to the southwest, entitled Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States.
The USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is developing an education program to provide accessible information on climate change science. They are creating three comprehensive education modules that are based on the best available science. Many have interactive features which allow users to take control of their learning experience. There are also opportunities
A new center hosted by the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment will link science with the needs of decision makers to offer innovative and practical management options
Join us in Chiapas: detecting and addressing climate change impacts on birds and their habitats in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States
Rapid ongoing climate change presents new challenges to natural resource managers. Effects are usually at large landscape scales and management actions must account for future uncertainty, often based solely on locally available data. Because birds are known to be indicators of ecosystem health and function and are cost effective to survey at multiple scales, they
A new article about the status of climate change research for bird conservation in Mexico (Jennie Duberstein, SJV Education and Outreach Coordinator, is a co-author) was just published in HUITZIL, the Mexican ornithology journal. Abstract Global climate change is affecting the world’s biodiversity. In Mexico, several lines of research have been developed to forecast the
The climate crisis is already changing the playing field for wildlife and urgent action is needed to preserve America’s conservation legacy, according to a new report released recently by the National Wildlife Federation. Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis examines case studies from across the country illustrating how global warming is altering wildlife habitats.
Each month CLIMAS scientists discuss the causes and consequences of climate changes and what they mean for Arizona and New Mexico. February’s podcast focuses on snowpack conditions in the West (which continue to be low in many regions), streamflow and precipitation forecasts, and the recent “blizzard” and its relation to climate change.
The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) just released the first Southwest Climate Podcast, the first in a regular series. Each month CLIMAS scientists will discuss the causes and consequences of climate change and what they mean for Arizona and New Mexico. You can listen and subscribe to this new climate podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud.
In August 2012, 35 managers and biologists from protected areas in the U.S. and Mexican Sonoran and Mojave deserts met in Phoenix, Arizona to discuss management strategies to promote adaptation of natural communities and species in the region to climate change. During the workshop participants learned about the results of a climate change vulnerability assessment