Utah Public Radio discusses how bird migration has been affected by climate change.
The North American Breeding Bird Survey, a large-scale citizen science project started in 1966, is the basis of a newly-released study on migratory bird habitats and climate change.
“Can we look at the rate of changes and understand why some species might be shifting their distributions in response to climate change and why some might not?” Clark Rushing said.
Rushing is an assistant professor of population ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources and Ecology Center at Utah State University. He and colleagues at the U.S. Geological Survey noted bird populations declining over the past half century in the North American Breeding Bird Survey.