As the global climate changes, wild animals are shifting where they live—even beyond the protected areas that are crucial to their survival. This visualization highlights predictions and solutions for range shifts by an iconic species of North American wilderness, the wolverine. For background information, educational resources, and more, visit Protecting Wildlife in a Changing Climate on the Science Bulletins Web site.
Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History. This visualization was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Spring temperature: NOAA NCDC
Wolverine range: IUCN/R. Kays
Wolverine bioclimatic envelope and projections: ecoclim.org
Protected areas: WDPA/US-PAD
Connected habitat: Y2Y
Scientific advisors: Ned Gardiner, NOAA Climate Program Office; Healy Hamilton, Worldviews Network
This visualization was produced by the American Museum of Natural History under award NA10SEC0080014 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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This project was prepared by the American Museum of Natural History under award NA10S- EC0080014 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). September 2012