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Tuesday, January 30 • 9:40am - 10:00am
SYMPOSIA-09: Uncovering the Effects of Climate Change on U.S. Bird Species Using Structured Citizen Science: Audubon’s Climate Watch Program

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AUTHORS. Brooke Bateman, Nicole Michel, Kathy Dale, Zach Slavin, Geoff LeBaron, John Rowden, Chad Wilsey, Gregg Verutes, Lotem Taylor, Gary Langham - National Audubon Society

ABSTRACT. Species are facing an unprecedented rate of climate change, with over half of North American bird species at risk to lose 50% or more of their current climatic range by the end of the century. In an uncertain future, we must be able to both forecast and monitor how species are responding to climate change. To track climate effects throughout species’ ranges requires a landscape-scale coordinated and a structured effort. Historically, citizen science efforts have been integral in providing bird data through time, however often do not provide structured protocols designed to answer specific research questions. Monitoring change on the landscape in relation to climate change requires a coordinated and more structured effort- monitoring with purpose. Here we will highlight the history of bird citizen science programs, and how we are developing new methods that are better able to detect and forecast change in bird populations in the face of climate change. We will focus on Audubon’s newest citizen science effort, Climate Watch, which integrates climate projections with community scientists’ local knowledge to track how birds are responding to climate change. By monitoring bird responses to climate change as it is happening using a structured monitoring protocol, we can directly test hypotheses about bird climate change responses.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 9:40am - 10:00am CST