Photo: Martin Kearney-Fischer/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Size: 
229.1 sq. mi.

Zion National Park, located in the southwest corner of Utah, is an Important Bird Area, and offers a range of bird habitats that include river banks, evergreen forest, cliffs, and desert. Park visitors can expect to continue seeing iconic species such as the Golden Eagle and Peregrine Falcon at Zion even as the climate changes. However, other beloved birds may be extirpated from the park, including Red-breasted Nuthatches, Red Crossbills, and Yellow Warblers. Average temperatures have already increased at the park and this makes water even more scarce for plants and animals that live in the arid climate. Depending on available resources, the park may be colonized by birds like Eastern Meadowlarks and Gila Woodpeckers.

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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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American Golden-Plover. Photo: Milo Burcham

American Golden-Plover. Photo: Milo Burcham

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