Climate Change

“The warming of the earth could potentially have more far-reaching impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat than any challenge that has come before us.”
Dale Hall, Former Director, USFWS

A growing body of knowledge about global climate change and its effects on birds, wildlife and habitat is influencing the way wetland scientists and wetland managers think about wetlands. It will also impact the work of the Central Valley Joint Venture partners. Below are links to various reports, web sites and news items related to this important issue.

Wetlands and Global Climate Change, a site managed by the Association of State Wetland Managers, is designed to identify the issues and help wetland managers address the questions around how to reevaluate wetland management practices in consideration of global climate change.

California Climate Change Portal is a conduit to general information, research, policies, legislation, terms and links relating to climate change. The site also directs you to California state agencies and the specific actions they are taking relative to climate change.

A site hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service devoted specifically to issues related to climate change and what the Service is doing to rise to the challenge.

The Union of Concerned Scientists website provides sections on global warming and ozone depletion. This site also includes briefings, updates, FAQs, recommendations, fact sheets, analysis, links, guides, statements and what you can do.

Co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established to provide decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about the issue. Their website offers comprehensive and objective scientific, technical and socio-economic literature relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.

Global Warming and its Impact on Bird Populations

In a report jointly produced by the American Bird Conservancy and National Wildlife Federation, the Birdwatchers Guide to Global Warming gives an in-depth analysis of how global climate change may affect populations of some bird species. In addition to the main report, there is a supplement for each of the lower 48 U.S. States. For more information follow the link below.


The CVJV partnership has earned an impressive record of accomplishment since its inception in 1988, and is making great progress towards meeting the objectives identified in its 2006 Implementation Plan.

Around the Valley

Follow these links to learn about some of the important bird conservation work happening in California's Central Valley.