Changing climates and challenges to Charadrius plover success throughout the annual cycle




The Arctic tundra, as well as coastal and inland mudflats and beaches occupied by the 63 Charadrius plover species and subspecies around the world encompass some of the habitats most threatened by current climatic challenges. The migratory habits of most plover species further intensifies these effects as the birds occupy more than one major biome during the annual cycle. And yet there have only been two plover species where specific issues related to climate change have been addressed. Therefore in this chapter, I summarize climate-related issues in areas occupied by the world’s Charadrius plovers to highlight further research and management to at least slow the negative effects of our changing world on their success. To be most strategic and effective, management and research approaches carried out with full knowledge or investigation of the species’ annual cycle and migratory connectivity will be most informative. Given the dearth of climate-related information for this group of birds, future work will likely help not only plovers but other species occupying similar habitats around the world.

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Publication type Book chapter
Title Changing climates and challenges to Charadrius plover success throughout the annual cycle
Chapter 3
DOI 10.1201/9781315152882-3
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher CRC Press
Contributing office(s) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Description 18 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title The population ecology and conservation of Charadrius Plovers
First page 45
Last page 62
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