Climate Watch Program

Climate change is the biggest threat to birds around the world. Learn how you can help by counting climate-threatened species.

Eastern Bluebird. Photo: John Larson/Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report predicts that over half of North American bird species will lose more than 50 percent of their current climatic range by 2080. To test these predictions, Audubon is running the new citizen and community science project Climate Watch. Climate Watch aims to document species’ responses to climate change by having volunteers in the field look for birds where Audubon’s climate models project they should be in the 2020s.

The next survey will take place January 15 - February 15, 2018 and is open to all interested Audubon chapters and centers, in addition to organized groups with an interest in birds. Please sign up here if your chapter, center, or local group is interested in participating and email with any questions. 

Target Species

The Climate Watch survey will focus on specific species for which our climate models have strong predictions and which have a high detectability in the field. For 2018 we will focus on two groups of species: bluebirds and nuthatches. Specifically, Climate Watch participants are asked to survey for Eastern, Western, and Mountain bluebirds and/or White-breasted, Red-breasted, Brown-headed, and Pygmy nuthatches. Additional target species may be added for the summer 2018 survey period, including an urban focused species. 

Time Period

Climate Watch occurs over two distinct thirty-day periods each year, in the winter and in the summer breeding season. The first phases of the pilot occurred in January and June 2016 and January 2017, and the next survey will cover the winter season and will run Monday, January 15 through Thursday, February 15, 2018. The summer survey season will be May 15- June 15, 2018.

Please review all of the materials below to learn how to conduct your Climate Watch surveys and enter data.

The Climate Watch support team can be contacted at

  • Brooke Bateman, Director of Climate Watch
  • Zach Slavin, Program Manager

Resources for coordinators and volunteers

Updated:  September 11, 2017



How-to Videos:

Optional additional resources:

Audubon's Bird and Climate Change Report target species information:

Many thanks to the following chapters and centers who have taken part in the Climate Watch pilot program:

  • Apalachee Audubon Society
  • Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society
  • Atlanta Audubon Society
  • Audubon Center at Riverlands
  • Audubon Society of Corvallis
  • ​Audubon Society of Greater Denver
  • Audubon Society of the District of Columbia
  • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
  • Audubon South Carolina (state)
  • Austin Audubon Society
  • Big Bluestem Audubon Society
  • Buffalo Audubon Society
  • Cape Fear Audubon Society
  • Central New Mexico Audubon Society
  • Chemung Valley Audubon Society
  • Chesapeake Audubon Society
  • Coastal Georgia Audubon Society
  • Dubuque Audubon Society
  • East Cascades Audubon Society
  • Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
  • Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society
  • High Peaks Birders, Yancey County NC
  • Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary
  • Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary
  • John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
  • Juneau Audubon Society
  • Loess Hills Audubon Society
  • Madison Audubon Society
  • Mecklenburg Audubon Society
  • Mesilla Valley Audubon Society
  • Minnesota River Valley Audubon Society
  • Napa-Solano Audubon Society
  • Onondaga Audubon Society
  • Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society
  • Pickering Creek Audubon Center
  • Prairie Rapids Audubon Society
  • Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society
  • Sinnissippi Audubon Society
  • Snake River Audubon Society
  • Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society
  • St. Louis Audubon Society
  • Trinity River Audubon Center
  • Tucson Audubon Society
  • Wake Audubon Society
  • Wildcat Glades Audubon Center
  • Wyncote Audubon Society

Current Target Species