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Strategies for reducing the vulnerability of grassland birds to climate change within the Central Flyway


September 2019 - August 2021


Prairies were once widespread across North America, but are now one of the most endangered and least protected ecosystems in the world. Agriculture and residential development have reduced once extensive prairies into a patchwork of remnant prairies and “surrogate” grasslands (e.g., hayfields, planted pastures). Concurrent with habitat loss, rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns are disproportionately affecting temperate grasslands. To incorporate climate-change adaptation into grassland conservation, we will be working with multiple agencies in the Central Flyway to conduct a synthesis of climate change vulnerability for grassland ecosystems and grassland-dependent birds. This project will assist grassland managers interested in developing climate adaptation plans.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 6

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 6

Scientific Publications: 26

Presentations: 46



Funding Agencies

  • Climate Adaptation Science Center


Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Wisconsin
  4. Wildlife Management Institute
  5. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources