Ecology and Evolution

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Editors-in-Chief: Allen Moore, University of Georgia, USA and Andrew Beckerman, University of Sheffield, UK

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Online ISSN: 2045-7758

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      Protected areas alleviate climate change effects on northern bird species of conservation concern

      Raimo Virkkala, Juha Pöyry, Risto K. Heikkinen, Aleksi Lehikoinen and Jari Valkama

      Article first published online: 3 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1162

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      Protected area networks may enhance the resilience of regional populations of species of conservation concern, resulting in slower species loss in landscapes with a significant amount of protected habitat compared to unprotected landscapes. Based on national bird atlases compiled in 1974–89 and 2006–2010, this study examines the recent range shifts in 90 forest, mire, marshland and Arctic mountain heath bird species of conservation concern in Finland, as well as the changes in their species richness in protected vs. unprotected areas. Protected areas maintained a higher level of species richness than unprotected areas, and thus this finding provides support for the significance and resilience provision of protected area networks in preserving species of conservation concern under climate change.

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