New study shows im­por­tant role of na­tional parks in bird con­ser­va­tion

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion -

new study by sci­en­tists from the Na­tional Audubon So­ci­ety and the U.S. Na­tional Park Ser­vice shows that na­tional parks could be­come even more im­por­tant than they al­ready are for the con­ser­va­tion of bird species in the face of cli­mate change.

“Over the next few decades, the ma­jor­ity of birds cur­rently found across the Na­tional Park Sys­tem are ex­pected to ex­pe­ri­ence changes in cli­mate con­di­tions, which on av­er­age may lead to turnover of nearly a quar­ter of the bird com­mu­nity per park,” says Gre­gor Schu­ur­man, co-author of the study. “De­spite these changes, parks will be­come in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as refuges for birds in the fu­ture.”

The study was pub­lished on­line in March in PLOS One.

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