Vulnerable Birds in Sedgwick County

Highly and moderately vulnerable birds may lose more than half of their current range—the geographic area where they live—as they are forced to search for suitable habitat and climate conditions elsewhere.

Below, find out which of the birds that nest or spend the winter in your area are most vulnerable across their entire range. Some birds may lose range outside of your state, making the protection of their current habitat in your area even more important.

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How Will the Brown Thrasher's Range Be Affected in Sedgwick County?

Rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns affect birds’ ability to find food and reproduce, which over time impacts local populations, and ultimately continent-wide populations, too. Some species may even go extinct in your state if they cannot find the resources they need to survive and raise their young.

Select a warming scenario to see how this species’ range will change under increased global temperatures.

Reducing warming makes many types of birds found in Sedgwick County less vulnerable.

Without immediate, urgent action to reduce carbon emissions, global temperatures could rise by 3.0°C in the coming decades, endangering birds in your area. The threat is drastically reduced if we curb greenhouse gases and we limit warming to 1.5°C, giving the same birds a chance to not only survive but thrive.

Click the three different warming scenarios to explore how increased warming puts more species in Sedgwick county at risk.

Kansas's Birds and Habitats

A wetland oasis in a sea of prairie, Quivira National Wildlife Area hosts tens of thousands of migrant and wintering waterfowl, including the endangered Whooping Crane. Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area is one of the most important stopovers for shorebirds in North America; up to 90 percent of the entire populations of Stilt Sandpipers and Baird’s Sandpipers rest here. In grasslands, like at Cimarron National Grassland, critically endangered Lesser Prairie-Chickens gather on leks to perform their iconic courtship dances.


Climate Policy in Kansas

Electricity Generation Breakdown
36.7%
RENEWABLE
36.5% Wind
.1% Biomass
.1% Hydro
20.9%
NUCLEAR
42.4%
FOSSIL FUEL
4.2% Natural Gas
38.1% Coal
.1% Petroleum
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets
None
Renewable Portfolio Standard
20%
BY 2020
Climate Alliance?
Member of US
Yes
Member of the US
Climate Alliance?
Yes

(Data: U.S. EIA)

Kansas is located in the center of America’s wind tunnel and ranked among the top five states in total wind generation in 2018.

Climate Threats Facing Birds and People in Sedgwick County

In Kansas, warmer temperatures and drier soils can lower water levels in waterways, threatening navigation, electric power generation, and public water supplies. At the same time, rainstorms and floods are becoming more intense, damaging infrastructure and residences.


The same climate change-driven threats that put birds at risk harm people, too. Hover over or tap an area on the map to see specific threats that will affect that area as warming increases.

Birds tell us: It’s time to act. See how you can help improve the chances for three-quarters of species at risk.