Climate Watch Program

Climate change is the biggest threat to birds around the world. Help your local Audubon count climate-threatened species.

Eastern Bluebird. Photo: John Larson/Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon’s Birds and Climate 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 June 1-15, 2017 and is open to all interested chapters and centers and to organized groups with an interest in birds. Please email if your chapter or center or local group is interested in participating. 

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 2017 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. 

Time Period

Climate Watch will occur over two distinct fifteen-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 summer season and will run Thursday, June 1 through Thursday, June 15, 2017. 

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: December 8, 2016



How-to Videos:

Optional additional resources:

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

  • Apalachee 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 Penninsula 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​