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Climatic changes and effect on wild sheep habitat

Fact Sheet 2012-3060

In cooperation with the National Park Service, Denali National Park
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Abstract

Wild sheep are sensitive to environmental change and may be an effective indicator species of climate change in arctic and high mountain ecosystems. To understand the effects of climatic changes on Dall sheep habitat, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have been studying selected areas in Alaska since 2007. The research focus is on forage quality, nutrient levels, and changes resulting from warming or cooling climate trends. Preliminary results indicate significant changes in Dall sheep diet accompanying vegetation changes and upslope retreat of glaciers.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Climatic changes and effect on wild sheep habitat
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2012-3060
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survery
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Southwest Geographic Science Team -Wild Sheep Habitat
Description:
2 p.
Time Range Start:
2007-01-01
Time Range End:
2011-12-31
Country:
United States
State:
Alaska
City:
Fairbanks
Other Geospatial:
Denali National Park;Wood River