Winter Severity Index & Waterfowl Webinar & Associated Projects

WSI & Waterfowl webinar

A two-part webinar on research integrating climate modeling, a winter severity index, and a tool for projecting impacts to winter migration patterns of waterfowl in the central U.S.

This webinar was co-sponsored by the GCPO LCC and the Northeast Climate Science Center on March 12, 2015 10am Central

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Access the online WSI & waterfowl tool:

Part 1: A Weather Severity Index for estimating influences of climatic variability on waterfowl populations, waterfowl habitat, and hunter opportunity and demographics.


Dr. Michael Schummer
Visiting Assistant Professor of Zoology, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY, Contract Scientist, Long Point Waterfowl, Port Rowan, Ontario
Adjunct Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
Adjunct Professor, Western University, London, Ontario

Part 2: Application of dynamical downscaling to generate projections of winter severity, with implications for waterfowl migration and deer survival

Dr. Michael Notaro
Senior Scientist and Associate Director
of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 

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This webinar, sponsored by the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC and the Northeast Climate Science Center, presents information from three inter-related research projects that built on previous work supported by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Mississippi State University.

Presenters Dr. Michael Schummer and Dr. Michael Notaro have collaborated to combine information and results from the following three projects:

1. The Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative funded a graduate student to incorporate data beyond mallards on several additional species of dabbling ducks.  

More information on Effects of Climate Change on Fall-winter Distributions of Waterfowl in the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyways of North America

2. The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative funded development of the WSI web application “Predicting Mallard Migration.” 

Available here:

3. The Northeast Climate Science Center funded the development of downscaled climate change projections and analysis of impacts on regional wildlife, some of which will be incorporated into the WSI web application.

More information on Development of Dynamically-Based 21st Century Projections of Snow, Lake Ice, and Winter Severity for the Great Lakes Basin to Guide Wildlife-Based Adaptation Planning, with Emphasis on Deer and Waterfowl