Study Suggests 41% of US Lands Offer Climate-Resilient Habitat Connections

Jenny L. McGuire, et al, at Georgia Institute of Technology, has published a paper examining how much of land in the United States offers connectivity that helps species navigate projected climate change in the next century.

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The paper states that “only 41% of US natural land area is currently connected enough to allow species to track preferred temperatures as the planet warms over the next 100 years. If corridors allowed movement between all natural areas, species living in 65% of natural area could track their current climates, allowing them to adjust to 2.7 °C more temperature change.”

Read more at: http://conservationcorridor.org/2016/06/corridors-as-an-effective-means-to-achieve-climate-connectivity/

UC Irvine Tells Story of Public Lands in Orange County

This week, UC Irvine Libraries opened an exhibit entitled, “Striking a Balance: Conservation and Development in Orange County,” which explores the story of the many partners involved in preserving, managing, and protecting open green space in Orange County. As California’s smallest county, Orange, surprisingly, has the  largest amount of protected open space thanks to the sometimes contentious but successful engagement of public entities, private developers, citizens, and community organizations.

Laguna Greenbelt’s role in the formation of tens of thousands of acres in the region is also featured in the show.

The exhibit will be available through April 2017 in the Langson Library Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery and includes photographs, documents, and other items that recount the establishment of Orange County as a leader in open space preservation.

For more information please visit: http://www.lib.uci.edu/fall-2016-exhibit-opening-striking-balance-conservation-and-development-orange-county

 

Education Day for Park Docents Includes OC’s Wildlife Corridors

Saturday, October 15, will mark the 19th annual Docent Day, an educational event for local park docents, interpreters, trail guides, and naturalists – all volunteers  helping to maintain and enhance Orange County’s extensive park system. The event is hosted by OCWild.org, and will offer sessions covering a variety of topics taught by specialists in their fields.

Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., will be teaching about local wildlife corridors, and in particular, the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor in central Orange County. Corridors provide essential ecological connections between park lands, which otherwise would become islands of habitat in a fragmented urban landscape. Volunteers choosing this session will receive an introduction to corridors, and then dive into a detailed look at why the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor is an important link between OC’s cherished coastal wild lands and the Santa Ana Mountains. Additional sessions will cover nature writing, bird walks, insect diversity and habitat restoration, among others.

Docent Day will be held at Santiago Oaks Regional Park from 8am – 2:30pm. Cost is $15 to attend. To reserve a space, call (949) 497-7647 or email winter.bonnin@parks.ca.gov.

Migrations in Motion-Mapping Animal Movement

We know that climate change is causing big changes all over the globe in our natural environment. But what exactly does that mean for animal migrations?

Using a collection of data from electronic circuit theory, Dan Majka at The Nature Conservancy created a map to show macro-scale animal migrations expected in the Americas as climate change marches forward.

Land and development planners can assist resiliency in animal populations by bringing more connectivity to landscapes through proven methods…think protected habitat corridors and animal crossings over barriers (such as roads).

Check it out the interactive map at The Nature Conservancy’s blog here.

(Thank you to Conservation Corridor for posting the story.)