Photo: NPS

Size: 
120.6 sq. mi.

Great Basin National Park in Nevada stretches 5,000 vertical feet and supports five distinct types of habitats, lending itself to a wide variety of bird life. As the climate changes, some 15 species might be extirpated from the park including the Red-breasted Nuthatch and Yellow Warbler. Conditions are also likely to worsen for the Cassin’s Finch, Black-throated Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, and numerous other birds. While other birds may move into Great Basin National Park, it is recommended that park managers focus on protecting the existing habitats and reducing the effects of nonnative species.

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Suitable climate for these species is currently available in the park. This list is derived from National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring data and eBird observations. Note, however, there are still imperfections in these datasets.

These are species that may find the new climate conditions of this park suitable by 2050. But projected changes in climate suitability are not definitive predictions of future species ranges or abundances. Numerous other factors affect where species occur, including habitat quality, food abundance, species adaptability, and the availability of microclimates.

Within this park, suitable climate for these birds ceases to occur by 2050. Species may either adapt to the park’s new climate or may follow suitable climate elsewhere.

Suitable climate for these species is currently available in the park. This list is derived from National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring data and eBird observations. Note, however, there are still imperfections in these datasets.

These are species that may find the new climate conditions of this park suitable by 2050. But projected changes in climate suitability are not definitive predictions of future species ranges. Numerous other factors affect where species occur, including habitat quality, food abundance, species adaptability, and the availability of microclimates.

Within this park, suitable climate for these birds ceases to occur by 2050. Species may either adapt to the park’s new climate or may follow suitable climate elsewhere.

This Park in Context

The extent of turnover, potential colonization, and potential extirpation varies among the 53 national parks featured on this website. Below, see how this park compares to others in summer and winter. Click on a circle to explore results for another park.

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  • winter

Tundra Swans. Photo: William Pohley/Audubon Photography Awards

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