Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wisconsin Wildlife
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wisconsin Wildlife Project

Strategies for reducing the vulnerability of grassland birds to climate change within the Central Flyway

September 2019 - January 2022


Participating Agencies

  • Climate Adaptation Science Center

The management and conservation of grassland birds often focuses on habitat protection and restoration, but there is growing recognition that grassland birds are sensitive to climate variability such as drought, heat waves, and flooding. A synthesis of climate change vulnerability for grassland birds is needed in the Central Flyway to identify information gaps and management strategies useful for developing climate adaptation plans for grassland birds and their habitats. The project is a collaboration of managers and researchers across multiple agencies and includes the USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, the USFWS Habitat and Population Evaluation Team, and State, Federal, and NGO natural resource managers in the Central Flyway. A report documenting adaptation strategies and information gaps needed for implementing those strategies will be developed to inform managers in the Central Flyway.