Climate changes to result in bird, reptile shifts

AP News
Posted: Apr 09, 2014 1:54 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As temperatures climb across the Southwest, researchers have found some species will win but others stand to lose — and lose big.

The U.S. Geological Survey released a report this week that takes a closer look at some of the effects climate change is likely to have on species such as the desert tortoise and the pinyon jay.

The jay stands to lose nearly one-third of its breeding range, while other birds could lose as much as 80 percent by the end of the century.

The study's focus was on parts of New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah, but researchers also included the rest of the Western U.S.

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Lead author Charles van Riper says the report shows there are no silver bullets and that each species will have its own response to climate changes.