Some bird species in the southwest desert in the United States are less affected, and sometimes even positively influenced, by widespread fire through their habitat.
Three specific bird species – the Scaled Quail, Loggerhead Shrike and Rock Wren – in the Chihuahuan Desert will be less affected by current and future wildfires because climate change will dry out the landscape. As the grasslands dry out, the birds will be able to forage for prey much easier.
“Climate change affects the environment’s processes and those processes affect different animals in different ways. In the case of these bird species, our predictive modeling shows it will affect them less than other animals, and we believe in some cases actually help them prosper,” Dr Joseph White, professor of biology at Baylor said.