Climate Change

Preparing for Climate Change

Defenders of Wildlife is working with wildlife and natural resource managers to develop climate change strategies to incorporate into their conservation plans. These strategies should be based on assessments of the specific threats that wildlife and ecosystems are expected to face—such as sea level rise, higher temperatures, more frequent storms and droughts—and should include monitoring to provide ongoing information about impacts on the ground.

Determining which species are most affected by climate change helps us set goals, determine management priorities and design appropriate adaptation strategies. Vulnerability assessments are an important component of climate adaptation planning, which focuses on finding ways to help wildlife and habitats respond to the effects of climate change—for example by identifying and protecting travel corridors to allow species to shift their ranges in response to the changing climate.

Defenders’ Climate Adaptation Projects

Wildlife Vulnerability to Climate Change (PDF)

More on Climate Change: Success Stories »

You may also be interested in:

Fact Sheet
Known as "prairie ghosts" because they are so elusive, the Sonoran pronghorn (Antilocapra americana sonoriensis) is the fastest land mammal in North America. Smaller and lighter in color than other pronghorn subspecies, it is uniquely adapted for survival in harsh arid conditions.
Habitat Conservation
Defenders of Wildlife is working to protect and strengthen the National Wildlife Refuge System, the only system of federal lands in the United States dedicated to wildlife conservation.
Fact Sheet
Each spring, thousands of these shorebirds stop in the U.S. as they migrate from South America to the Canadian Arctic.