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Webinar Highlights New Tools for Projecting Impacts of Climate Change on Deer and Waterfowl

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

On Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 11am EST (10am CST), researchers will present a 2-part webinar describing updates on the development of Weather Severity Indices (WSI) for waterfowl and debuting an open-access web-based tool for querying and visualizing WSI data. The researchers will also discuss the development of projections of winter severity using dynamical downscaling.

Part 1: A Weather Severity Index for estimating influences of climatic variability on waterfowl populations, waterfowl habitat, and hunter opportunity and demographics
Dr. Michael Schummer Visiting Assistant Professor of Zoology, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY, Contract Scientist, Long Point Waterfowl, Port Rowan, Ontario Adjunct Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY Adjunct Professor, Western University, London, Ontario 
Part 2: Application of dynamical downscaling to generate projections of winter severity, with implications for waterfowl migration and deer survival
Dr. Michael Notaro Senior Scientist and Associate Director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
This webinar, sponsored by the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC and the Northeast Climate Science Center, presents information from three inter-related research projects that built on previous work supported by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Mississippi State University.

Presenters Dr. Michael Schummer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Zoology, SUNY Oswego, and Dr. Michael Notaro of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have collaborated to combine information and results from the following three projects:

1. The Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative funded a graduate student to incorporate data beyond mallards on several additional species of dabbling ducks.  
More information on:  "Effects of Climate Change on Fall-winter Distributions of Waterfowl in the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyways of North America" >>

2. The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative funded development of the WSI web application: “Predicting Mallard Migration." >>

3. The Northeast Climate Science Center funded the development of downscaled climate change projections and analysis of impacts on regional wildlife, some of which will be incorporated into the WSI web application.
More information on:  "Development of Dynamically-Based 21st Century Projections of Snow, Lake Ice, and Winter Severity for the Great Lakes Basin to Guide Wildlife-Based Adaptation Planning, with Emphasis on Deer and Waterfowl" >>