Toolkit: Wildlife Impacts

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The diversity, range, and distribution of many wildlife species are changing and altering their availability, populations, and habitat. Key resources about the impacts of climate on Wildlife to get you started:
USGS: Climate Change and Wildlife Health [PDF]
This fact sheet provides a general overview of the myriad ways climate change may impact wildlife. It focuses on four areas of study: How various factors effect disease emergence, how climate may influence populations currently affected by diseases, how climate plays a role in vector-borne diseases for free-ranging animals, and how climate will play a role in the lives of native peoples who are dependent upon wildlife for their subsistence.
Pikas in Peril
Funded principally by the NPS Climate Change Response Program, researchers from the NPS, Oregon State University, University of Colorado Boulder and University of Idaho completed a five-year study on pika populations' vulnerability to climate change in eight national parks. The predictions through the end of this century vary by park because of local conditions such as elevation, weather patterns and genetic diversity.
Climate Change and Birds of the Acadia National Park Region
How will birds respond to climate change? This report examines the potential effects of climate change on bird species of Acadia National Park. Based on habitat models, which include climate, elevation, and vegetation variables, some birds may lose habitat in the Acadia region (e.g., blue-headed vireo, magnolia warbler), others are likely to retain current habitat (e.g., American crow, wood thrush), and yet others may gain habitat (e.g., northern cardinal and northern mockingbird) in the future.

Last updated: December 15, 2017