Functional Wetland Loss in the American West: How Water Scarcity is Reshaping Wetland Ecosystems
December 6, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Climate change is driving inequity in wetland loss through functional declines. An improved understanding of these trends provides important insight for wetland managers and adaptive strategies needed to offset accelerating losses. This presentation will discuss recent findings from a pilot study examining disproportionate impacts on semi-permanent wetlands and migratory waterbirds in Oregon and California. Results identify emerging bottlenecks and potential challenges to wetland conservation in increasingly water-limited landscapes.