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.
Want to know how the most recent survey went? Click here to explore results in our interactive map.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Brooke Bateman, Director of Climate Watch
- Zach Slavin, Program Manager
Resources for coordinators and volunteers
Updated: November 16, 2017
- A two-page PDF to provide a general overview of the effort to pilot participants
- One-page overview protocol document (Updated for winter 2018)
- An overview video of the Climate Watch program (3 min)
- Climate Watch Survey Manual (Updated for winter 2018)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Survey Reports
- Printable maps for participating groups
- ESRI Climate Watch Planner Mapping Tool
- Instructions on how to use the tool to explore squares and plan survey point locations.
- If you are asked for login credentials, please follow these steps
- 1. Go to arcgis.com and login with the provided credentials.
Username : ClimateWatch Password: Audubon1
2. Once logged in and while in the same window, go to the top and navigate to https://gis.audubon.org/ClimateWatch
- Claim a Grid Square Tool
- Create Future Survey Points
- ESRI Climate Watch planner training webinar (Updated for Winter 2018 Survey Period, 27 min)
- Climate Watch Coordinator Introduction Webinar (57 min, Updated for Winter 2018)
- Returning Coordinator Webinar- What's new for Winter 2018 (31 min)
- Climate Watch protocol and selecting your survey points (5 min)
- How to submit a Climate Watch checklist on eBird mobile (3 min)
- How to submit a Climate Watch checklist on eBird.org (3 min)
- How to send data to the Climate Watch team in one email (4 min)
Optional additional resources:
- Participant contact collection form
- Climate Watch Overview PowerPoint presentation
- Customizable version of the two-page PDF (where space is left under “location” on the left panel to add your local contact information)
Audubon's Bird and Climate Change Report target species information:
- Eastern, Western, and Mountain bluebirds
- White-breasted, Red-breasted, Brown-headed, and Pygmy nuthatches
Current Target Species
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