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Webinar: Climate Change Vulnerability of Fish & Wildlife in the US Corn Belt Region

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I saw this posted on the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership here.
Description: The impacts of climate change on native biodiversity in agricultural regions of the interior US have been given less attention than other ecosystems, yet are no less important to consider. Climate change impacts such as heavy rainfall, summer drought, and heat waves are predicted to be severe in the US Corn Belt region, potentially exacerbating the negative impacts of other anthropogenic stressors. Simultaneously, human demands on land and water resources in the form of food and energy production continue to grow. Against this backdrop of rapidly shifting conditions in what was already a challenging conservation environment, several Midwestern states are working to incorporate climate change considerations into their conservation priorities, including updates to State Wildlife Action Plans. Four independent teams used similar methods to evaluate climate change vulnerabilities of wildlife species in Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. Species associated with freshwater ecosystems were found to be the most vulnerable to climate change across assessments. We suggest that, if managed sustainably, Midwestern river systems and wetlands could buffer climate change impacts and serve as important climate migration corridors while continuing to provision important ecosystem services to society.
Date: December 11, 2013 1:00–2:30 pm Eastern

YOU MUST REGISTER TO JOIN THIS WEBINAR: https://fedgov.webex.com/fedgov/k2/j.php?ED=217908402&UID=1345877197&HMAC=a6a8870786807e428db0718deff9515aef6283d2&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D&FM=1
You may also download this flyer for more information.

If you have any questions regarding the Safeguarding webinars, please contact:

Shayna Carney: shayna_carney@fws.gov or
Ryan Kingston: kingstonr@nwf.org

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