Old-growth forests may protect some bird species in a warming climate

The Hermit Warbler winters in Mexico and migrates to the West Coast. (Photo: Hankyu Kim, Oregon State University)

Old forests that contain large trees and a diversity of tree sizes and species may offer refuge to some types of birds facing threats in a warming climate. In a paper published in Diversity and Distributions, a professional journal, researchers in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University reported that the more sensitive a bird species is to rising temperatures during the breeding season, the more likely it is to be affected by being near old-growth forest.  Read more at: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2017/dec/complex-old-growth-forests-may-protect-some-bird-species-warming-climate