Climate change and habitat conversion combine to homogenize nature- report on Costa Rican bird studiesLeave a Comment
- Land use change and drought favor the same species and threaten the same species so we may be losing biodiversity faster than we previously thought when we were studying these separately
- Key strategies include protecting areas of wetter forests that expected to stay wet in the future; targetting conservation on wet-forest species that are particularly sensitive to habitat conversion and climate change; and incentivizing landowners in wet regions to create or maintain patches of forests near or within their farms to better balance food production and biodiversity.
August 18, 2017 University of California – Davis Read full ScienceDaily article here
Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature, indicates a study in the journal Global Change Biology led by the University of California, Davis.
In other words, the more things change, the more they are the same.
While the individual impacts of climate change and habitat conversion on wildlife are well-recognized, little is known about how species respond to both stressors at once.
In northwest Costa Rica, the study’s authors surveyed birds and plants at 120 sites that included rainforests, dry forests and farmland to determine how habitat conversion and climate-change-induced droughts affect tropical wildlife. They found that different bird species thrive in drier versus wetter areas of forests. In farmlands however, birds associated with dry sites were found everywhere, even in the wettest sites.