Conservation

Climate Change

A Piping Plover broods a day-old chick at its nest on a restored island in the Platte River, Nebraska. Photo: Michael Forsberg

Climate change threatens the birds we see every day.

Our warming world poses profound challenges to conservation. The effects of climate change are already apparent—from habitat loss to devastating breaks in the delicate links that connect birds, migration, and food sources. 

The Threat

Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report, published in September 2014, confirmed that climate change is the single greatest threat to North American birds. Seven years in the making, the report warns that 314 North American bird species could lose more than half of their current ranges by 2080 due to rising temperatures. (For more on the methodology, and links to peer-reviewed articles published out of this research, visit the FAQ page or read the full report.)

For those of us who care deeply about birds, from the Wood Thrush in eastern forests to the Burrowing Owl in western grasslands, this is a warning call that demands urgent action.

Audubon’s Solution

The situation is indeed dire—more than half of bird species on the continent are at risk—but there are reasons for hope. By identifying which birds are most sensitive to climate change and where those changes are most likely to occur, this research provides a roadmap for future conservation and advocacy efforts.

Audubon’s Climate Initiative, the organizational response to this threat, taps into its members’ love and commitment for birds to build population resilience and demand solutions to slow the pace of warming. Audubon is encouraging its members to take steps to address the climate change threat in their backyards, in their communities, in the Important Bird Areas (IBAs) near their homes, and in the state houses.

That requires a diverse network of climate activists with a shared value—a love and appreciation of birds. Take a look at how Audubon’s network of chapters, centers, state offices, and individual activists is helping birds adapt and pushing for solutions on behalf of birds.

 

See Where the Audubon Network Is Taking Action

Browse our interactive map below showing many of the Audubon chapters, centers, state offices, and volunteers that have taken action to fight climate change—such as by building nest boxes for climate-threatened birds, meeting with elected officials, and more.

Climate News

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Climate

North American Birds Face Thirty Percent Decline Across The Board

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Audubon Climate Heroes

Three Fun Ways People Are Spreading the Word on Climate Change

These offbeat projects are raising awareness about climate-threatened birds—and getting artsy in the process.

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Climate

Why Are Tropical Birds Popping Up All Over Brooklyn?

A Colombian artist brings her native species to the city to show how exotic climate change can get.

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Audubon Climate Heroes

Can A Little Bird's Big-Screen Debut Help Tackle Climate Change?

A new video on Wood Thrush migration rallies activists across the globe.

A Newly Proposed Rule Would Loosen Protections for Eagles in the U.S.
Climate

A Newly Proposed Rule Would Loosen Protections for Eagles in the U.S.

It might soon be legal to kill 4,200 Bald Eagles a year. Here’s why federal scientists think that’s okay.

Read Our Climate Change Special Issue

Audubon devoted an entire issue to the challenges birds face in a warming world. 

Featured projects

Birds & Climate Report

Birds & Climate Report

Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century

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Saltmarsh

Saltmarsh

Helping imperiled saltmarsh birds adapt to sea-level rise threatening coastal marshes in the Chesapeake Bay

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