Winter Speaker: Snow buntings without snow: The costs of being a cold-climate specialist in a warming world.

The Friends of the Living Prairie Museum present our fourth speaker in the 2017 Winter Speaker Series:

Dr. Emily McKinnon - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Windsor

Snow buntings without snow: The costs of being a cold-climate specialist in a warming world.

Snow Buntings are the world’s most northern breeding songbird, and they spend their winters at home on the windswept prairies of southern Canada and the northern US. But climate change is rapidly affecting northern ecosystems by warming the Arctic, and causing warmer temperate winters. Snow Buntings roam extensively over the landscape during the winter. Can they keep cool by moving northwards, or are there costs to being a nomad? We are using an automated radio-telemetry system to determine what drives winter movements of buntings and how they might respond to warmer winters. 

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