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Tuesday, January 26 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Integrating Climate Change Into The State Wildlife Action Plans

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AUTHORS: Toni Lyn Morelli, USGS/DOI Northeast Climate Science Center; Michelle Staudinger, USGS/DOI Northeast Climate Science Center; Alex Bryan, USGS/DOI Northeast Climate Science Center

ABSTRACT: The Department of Interior Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) conducts research that responds to the needs of the regional natural resource management community to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. Last year, the Northeastern and Midwestern State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) underwent their 10 year revisions and, for the first time, SWAP coordinators were challenged to incorporate climate change impacts. Working closely with state managers in the framework of co-production of knowledge, researchers at the NE CSC developed a synthesis to inform the science going into SWAPs across the 22 NE CSC states. This presentation will describe our process of developing an effective relationship between researchers and state managers in order to inform management at the state level in the context of state plans. We will summarize the results of the synthesis, covering regional climate patterns and projections with distinction between what is known and what is uncertain. We will also present a summary of species responses to shifting temperatures and precipitation, with a particular focus on the responses and vulnerabilities of Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need (RSGCN) and the habitats they depend on. Results of modeling of future bird habitat availability will be highlighted. Finally, we will provide examples and case studies of the range of climate change adaptation approaches, processes, tools, and partnerships that are available to state natural resource managers.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 1:40pm - 2:00pm EST
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