Birds: Taking Flight from Climate Change
Climate change is threatening the habitats and existence of hundreds of bird species in North America. Researchers at the National Audubon Society found that most bird species face multiple climate threats, including drought, wildfire, sea level rise, and heat.
Analysis projects that under a 3.0°C of warming scenario, state birds face multiple threats:
In 45 states and Washington, D.C. state birds face at least two threats from climate change.
Two other state birds could be displaced from their states altogether from the effects of climate change on their habitat.
Nearly half of the country’s state birds face three or more threats throughout the breeding and non-breeding seasons, making them vulnerable to extinction by the end of the century.
One-quarter of state birds (12 out of 50) are at risk of losing the majority of suitable habitat in their state during one season.
Extreme spring heat is the most prevalent threat to North American bird species, with more than 98% of the contiguous United States land area experiencing this under a 3.0°C of warming scenario, and over half of this area (51%) under 1.5°C of warming.
Enter a zip code into Audubon’s Birds & Climate Visualizer to see the climate-related threats for all the birds in a local area.