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.

Explore Results

Want to know how the most recent survey went? Click here to explore results in our interactive map.

Get Involved

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:  November 16, 2017



How-to Videos:

Optional additional resources:

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


Explore results from recent Climate Watch surveys in the map below:

Current Target Species