A blind spot in climate change vulnerability assessments

Climate change vulnerability assessments are becoming mainstream decision support tools for conservation in the US, but they may be doing migratory species a disservice.

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Figure 1: The annual cycle of a long-distance migratory bird, the American Redstart, involves a round-trip migration between breeding and non-breeding grounds.

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Funding was provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Upper Midwest/Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the United States Geological Survey. The opinions and recommendations in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Small-Lorenz, S., Culp, L., Ryder, T. et al. A blind spot in climate change vulnerability assessments. Nature Clim Change 3, 91–93 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate1810

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