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Megafires and thick smoke portend big problems for migratory birds

October 8, 2021

In 2020, the fire season affecting the western United States reached unprecedented levels. The 116 fires active in September consumed nearly 20,822 km2 ( Accessed 2020-09-29) with eighty percent of this footprint (16,567 km2) from 68 fires occurring within California, Oregon, and Washington. Although the 2020 fire season was the most extreme on record, it exemplified patterns of increased wildfire size, number, timing, return frequency, and extent which are linked to climate-driven changes in precipitation and temperature affecting fire ignition and severity (Westerling 2016, Goss et al. 2020, Weber and Yadav 2020).

Publication Year 2022
Title Megafires and thick smoke portend big problems for migratory birds
DOI 10.1002/ecy.3552
Authors Cory T. Overton, Austen Lorenz, Eric P. James, Ravan Ahmadov, John M. Eadie, Fiona McDuie, Mark J. Petrie, Chris A. Nicolai, Melanie L. Weaver, Daniel A. Skalos, Shannon Skalos, Andrea Lynn Mott, Desmond Alexander Mackell, Anna Kennedy, Elliott Matchett, Michael L. Casazza
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Ecology
Index ID 70225498
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center