Climate Science Champions, Episode 8: Steve Matsuoka, Research Wildlife Biologist (AD)
In Alaska’s boreal forest, where more than 100 species of birds arrive each summer from around the world to breed, climate change brings warmer, drier summers, increased frequency of wildfire, and declines in suitable nesting habitat—all of which can be hurdles to reproductive success. Additionally, many species face other climate-induced challenges along every stop of their migrations. Birds are considered indicators of ecosystem health; USGS researchers studying migratory birds can get a better understanding of changing environmental conditions across the diverse habitats birds use.
Learn more about Steve Matsuoka’s work here:
Video is Public Domain.
Music: “Secret Solitude” by Guustaav, “As We Dream” by Aerian, used with permission from Epidemic Sound
Additional media courtesy of Lisa Hupp/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Zachary Pohlen/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Additional media used with permission from Envato Elements.