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Effects of climate change on avian communities and implications for sustainable forest management
Chan-McLeod, Ann
The overall objective of this project is to identify climate-change impacts on birds in British Columbia that will be critical to sustainable management strategies under a changing climate, and that will address some of the data gaps and knowledge limitations. Our specific objectives are to: i) Identify how climate has historically affected bird abundance and distribution in BC; ii) Identify historical climate effects on avian assemblages and implications for the long-term validity of avian sustainable indicators; iii) Project bird abundance and distribution for likely climate change scenarios, and identify implications for sustainable forest management; iv) Provide recommendations that would guide sustainable management legislation and strategies. In British Columbia, climate change effects will likely have profound implications for sustainable forest management because many avian species are dependent on both the forest structures altered by forest practices as well as the water resources that will be profoundly affected by climate change. Potentially negative climate-change impacts will confound forestry effects, and must be separated out. Additionally, bird species are widely being considered as sustainability indicators in forest monitoring programs but the value of certain indicators may collapse if interspecific interactions are altered by a changing climate (Davis et al. 1998). Finally, sustainable management strategies for integrating timber and non-timber objectives cannot succeed unless climate change impacts, with long-term implications for forest vertebrates, are considered. Ann Chan-McLeod.
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