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Struggling to keep pace

Distribution data from the North American Breeding Bird Survey shows an increasing mismatch between species distribution and climate.

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Fig. 1: Climate decoupling was associated with population declines for most bird species.

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Eyres, A. Struggling to keep pace. Nat Ecol Evol 6, 1252–1253 (2022).

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