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Hello Ornithology Exchange: I am contacting you to invite you to participate in our research on climate change and biodiversity management. Climate change and human pressures on ecosystems are intensifying and present new challenges for conservation practice, generating questions about the effectiveness of conventional approaches. Such challenges have also sparked debate about whether existing baselines are untenable; as well as when, where, and if we should pursue unconventional or more novel forms of intervention. We know these debates are strongly influenced by preferences and perceptions of experts, but little published information on these preferences exist. To fill this important gap, I am working with colleagues (Sarah Clements – University of Liverpool; Rachel Standish – Murdoch University) to administer a survey that examines how experts perceive the challenges of climate change relative to other pressures on ecosystems, and explores how their preferences might influence conservation practice. Insights from this survey will help identify some of the key challenges, research needs, and potential pathways to support climate change adaptation. I hope that you would be willing to spend about 20 minutes completing the survey, which is available here: https://liverpool.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/biodiversity-and-climate-change. We are also keen to get broad coverage in disciplinary expertise and experience, as well as geography. Would you be willing to distribute this survey to your networks? Alternatively, if you have recommendations for people or organizations we should contact directly, please let me know. We have also created a call for participants page, which can be found here: https://www.callforparticipants.com/study/page-summary/RDYRM. If you could distribute this page through your social media or professional networks, we would greatly appreciate it. This study has received ethical approval from the University of Liverpool (Application #3256). More information about the study can be found here: https://static.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/media/account/111/survey/473545/question/information_sheet_biodiversity.pdf. If you have any questions about the survey or the ethical aspects, please contact me or Dr. Sarah Clement at email@example.com, who is leading the survey. Your time is greatly appreciated and will contribute to discussion and debate about how to manage biodiversity in the Anthropocene. We hope to receive your response to the survey by 15 August 2019. Kind regards, Patricia L. Kennedy Professor Emeritus, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center Oregon State University Union Experiment Station PO Box E 372 S. 10th St. Union, OR 97883 541-562-5129 X 31
A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of California's At-Risk Birds Thomas Gardali1*, Nathaniel E. Seavy1, Ryan T. DiGaudio2, Lyann A. Comrack3 1 Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group, PRBO Conservation Science, Petaluma, California, United States of America, 2 Emerging Programs and Partnerships Group, PRBO Conservation Science, Petaluma, California, United States of America, 3 Nongame Wildlife Program, California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, California, United States of America Citation: Gardali T, Seavy NE, DiGaudio RT, Comrack LA (2012) A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of California's At-Risk Birds. PLoS ONE 7(3): e29507. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029507 Abstract Conservationists must develop new strategies and adapt existing tools to address the consequences of anthropogenic climate change. To support statewide climate change adaptation, we developed a framework for assessing climate change vulnerability of California's at-risk birds and integrating it into the existing California Bird Species of Special Concern list. We defined climate vulnerability as the amount of evidence that climate change will negatively impact a population. We quantified climate vulnerability by scoring sensitivity (intrinsic characteristics of an organism that make it vulnerable) and exposure (the magnitude of climate change expected) for each taxon. Using the combined sensitivity and exposure scores as an index, we ranked 358 avian taxa, and classified 128 as vulnerable to climate change. Birds associated with wetlands had the largest representation on the list relative to other habitat groups. Of the 29 state or federally listed taxa, 21 were also classified as climate vulnerable, further raising their conservation concern. Integrating climate vulnerability and California's Bird Species of Special Concern list resulted in the addition of five taxa and an increase in priority rank for ten. Our process illustrates a simple, immediate action that can be taken to inform climate change adaptation strategies for wildlife.