This is the first climate change adaptation plan produced for a national faunal group anywhere in the world. It outlines the nature of threats related to climate change for the Australian bird taxa most likely to be affected by climate change, and provides recommendations on what might be done to assist them and approximate costs of doing so. It also features an analysis of how climate change will affect all Australian birds, explains why some species are likely to be more exposed or sensitive to it than others, and explores the theory and practice of conservation management under the realities of a changing climate.
Species profiles include maps showing current core habitat and modelled climatic suitability based on historical records, as well as maps showing projected climatic suitability in 2085 in relation to current core habitat.
Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Australian Birds is an important reference for policy makers, conservation scientists, land managers, climate change adaptation biologists, as well as bird watchers and advocacy groups.
2014 Whitley Award Commendation for Zoological Management and Conservation Resource.
The first climate change adaptation plan produced for a national faunal group anywhere in the world
A list of climate change sensitive taxa justified by transparent metrics
Outlines the nature of threats related to climate change for the Australian bird taxa most likely to be affected by climate change
Maps showing current core habitat and modelled climatic suitability based on historical records, as well as maps showing projected climatic suitability in 2085 in relation to current core habitat
List of contributors
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The exposure of Australian birds to climate change
Chapter 3: The sensitivity of Australian birds to climate change
Chapter 4: The vulnerability of Australian birds to climate change
Chapter 5: Conserving Australian bird populations in the face of climate change
Chapter 6: Adaptation outlines for species that are both highly sensitive and highly exposed
Appendix 1. Australian bird taxa that are considered highly or very highly exposed or sensitive to climate change, or both
"comprehensively referenced and beautifully laid out." Dr Joanne Banks, Australian Marine Sciences Association, September 2014, pp. 39-40
"great value to anyone with an interest in Australian bird conservation" Steve Holliday, Canberra Bird notes, 39 (3), December 2014, pp.215-217
"Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Australian Birds makes a valuable contribution to the literature and achieves its aim of increasing our understanding of how climate change affects Australian birds" Mark C. Mainwaring, Biological Conservation, 179 (2014) 23-24
"this is not only a very useful resource for anyone involved in Australian avifauna, it is also a model of how to undertake a research-informed yet practice-focused study" Anne Goodenough, BES Bulletin, Mar 2015
"This book may well be a landmark on the international stage, and will be much cited as the world grapples with how to help species survive a warming planet." Michael A. Westons, Victorian Naturalist, vol. 132, no. 2, 2015
"The book is a valuable and significant contribution to our understanding of the potential impacts to Australia’s avifauna over the next 70 years... Conservationists, managers and everyone interested or involved in conservation efforts to protect Australia’s birds will find this book of value in their efforts." Eric Woehler, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, pp. 262-264
"As someone with a keen interest in climate change and its likely impact on humans and on marine systems, I was pleased to read this book and realise the extent of data available for bird abundance and biology and for climate... the authors have made a useful contribution to alerting us to the likely scenarios for Australian bird populations once climate change really starts to bite." Tony Ayling, Marine Ornithology, Vol 43, 2015, pp. 261-262
Stephen Garnett has been studying Australian birds since 1974. During the 1980s he worked on the Handbook of Australian, Antarctic and New Zealand Birds and since 1990 he has co-written three Action Plans for Australia’s threatened birds including the latest, The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2010. He has studied and written about many threatened Australian bird species, most notably the Golden-shouldered Parrot and the Kangaroo Island Glossy Black-Cockatoo, and helped bring the idea of Important Bird Areas to Australia. He also works on natural resource based livelihoods in northern Australia and South-East Asia. He is a research professor at Charles Darwin University in Darwin.
Donald Franklin is an ornithologist, plant ecologist and biogeographer who has conducted research in both northern and southern Australia. He has worked with threatened birds and studied the relationship between climate, plants and vegetation. He works for Charles Darwin University and also part time on other projects.