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The Future of Birds in Our National Parks

Readers who enjoy birding and national parks may want to check out this resource from the National Audubon Society. This site summarizes the findings of a scientific study in which researchers "explor[ed] the potential impacts of climate change on 513 [North American] bird species across 274 national park management units." This study was led by the Audubon Society and the National Park Service and published in the journal PLOS ONE in March 2018. Here, readers will find approachable explanations of the study's findings and data visualizations showing how many new species are likely to colonize (move into) a given park or region by 2050, as well as how many species are likely to become extirpated (locally extinct) due to climate change. Readers curious about further details on a specific location can also access park-specific explanations via the interactive maps, and each park has a downloadable brief as well. For those interested in reading the scientific paper that forms the basis of this resource, an open-access link to the full peer-reviewed study is also provided. This study builds on the Audubon Society's (2015) Birds and Climate Change Report, which is also available from this resource.
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