Threats Assessment Projects: Impacts of climate and landscape change on boreal birds
Primary threats to breeding boreal bird populations include climate change, natural disturbances, and land-use change. Land-use change encompasses agricultural land conversion, forest management, energy and mining sector activities, and transportation infrastructure. Large areas of the boreal forest, especially in the southern ecotones and in the western sedimentary basin, have been affected by land-use change for many decades. The boreal region is warming much faster than lower latitudes, and major vegetation changes have already been detected as a result of drought, permafrost thaw, and changes in disturbance regimes This implies that significant bird population losses may have already occurred.
Explore BAM's projects related to detecting and attributing land-use and climate change impacts below: