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 May 15 - June 15, 2018 and is open to the public, including all interested Audubon chapters and centers, in addition to organized groups and individuals with an interest in birds.

The following webinar recordings are provided for you to learn more about the science behind Climate Watch and how to join as a participant or coordinator:

Climate Watch Coordinator Training Recording

Climate Watch Returning Coordinator Update Recording

Climate Watch Mapping Tools Recording


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  you or your chapter, center, or local group are 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, January 2017 and June 2017, and January 2018. The next survey will cover the summer season and will run Tuesday, May 15 through Thursday, June 15, 2018. The next winter survey season will be January 15–February 15, 2019.

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:  April 24, 2018



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