Bird migration & climate change

Every spring I love hearing the birds after the long cold winter, but there may be changes coming in the songs I hear. My iGoogle widgets sent me to a ScienceDaily article “Birds’ movements reveal climate change in action.” Data collected over 40 years of Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count show that 58% of 305 widespread species that winter on the continent have shifted significantly north since 1968. The report, Birds and climate change: Ecological disruption in motion, is online.

Birds of Two Worlds coverIf you’re interested in more information, on either bird migration or climate change, the Library has resources for you! Search the Library Catalog to find titles such as Birds of two worlds: the ecology and evolution of migration (3rd-floor OVERSIZE Main Collection, QL698.9 .B575 2005) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 1999 pamphlet Climate change and birds: change on the wing.

Search the Library’s article databases, such as Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost) to find articles including “Impact of climate change on migratory birds: community reassembly versus adaptation” in Global Ecology & Biogeography (Jan. 2008, vol.17, no.1, pp. 38-49).

Information about Executive Order 13186: Responsibilities of Federal Agencies to Protect Migratory Birds is available online from the EPA also.

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional materials.

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About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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