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Environmental Change Network
Monitoring to guide and prioritize conservation


Maps of Predicted Climate Change Effects

California's terrestrial ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to future changes in the global climate, including increased temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and changes in human infrastructure and development.

Information on the potential effects of climate change on bird communities can help guide effective conservation and inform land management decisions. We are using climate models and multi-source bird data, networked for the first time thanks to the Avian Knowledge Network, to predict current and future species distributions for California terrestrial breeding bird species.

Bird Distribution Maps Areas of Greatest Change

Predicted distribution of Acorn Woodpecker in 2070 according to Maximum Entropy Model. Click here for more maps like this.

Priority areas for the conservation of 199 bird species in 2070 created by ranking the habitat sutiability from Maxent models using the Zonation conservation planning software. Click here for more maps like this.