Climate change has been our most formidable conservation challenge. We have already seen the effects that our warming world has on habitat quality, biodiversity, and ecosystem recovery.
In September of 2014, Audubon released the Birds and Climate Change Report, which identifies climate change as the single greatest threat to North American birds. Using thousands of citizen-generated bird reports and complex climate models generated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists mapped current and projected climatic ranges of each of 588 bird species. What their work found is shocking. 314 species--nearly half of North American birds-- will lose at least 50% of their climatic range by 2080.
This is dire news for our bird populations, and now is the time to act on their behalf. Audubon's report shows us the areas in which we need to double our efforts in conservation. Join us in our efforts to preserve our region's biodiversity in the face of climate change. Join a restoration event in Seward Park or a nationwide citizen science project. Plant native plants in your garden to create critical bird habitat. Be informed of the issues surrounding birds and climate change. Do small things that have a big impact.