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Webinar: Refugia are important but are they connected? Mapping well-connected climate refugia for species of conservation concern in the Northeastern U.S.

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Wednesday, 05 May 2021, 12:00

Wednesday, May 5, 2021. 12:00 PM. Webinar: Refugia are important but are they connected? Mapping well-connected climate refugia for species of conservation concern in the Northeastern U.S. William DeLuca, National Audubon Society. Sponsored by Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center. More information here.

As the climate continues to change, vulnerable wildlife species will need specific management strategies to help them adapt to these changes. One such strategy focuses on the concept of refugia, areas that are buffered from the impacts of climate change and therefore remain suitable habitats for vulnerable species over time. Refugia stand in contrast to other habitats, which are impacted by climate change and may become unsuitable for vulnerable species. When wildlife managers are considering protecting land for these species, they sometimes prioritize locations that are predicted to be climate refugia. Rarely can those managers consider, however, the overall accessibility of refugia locations for vulnerable species, which are often unwilling or unable to migrate across landscape features such as wetlands, steep lopes, and developed areas. What good is it, then, to protect climate refugia if the species we are trying to protect cannot access those locations? This webinar will provide an update on work we are undertaking regarding 10 vulnerable species and refugia locations for these species.

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