Vulnerable Birds in San Francisco 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.
How Will the California Quail's Range Be Affected in San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco county at risk.
California's Birds and Habitats
Wetlands in Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge attract migratory waterfowl and songbirds. In Yosemite National Park, Acorn Woodpeckers and Black Swifts take shelter in the coniferous forests, while Mountain Bluebirds and California Gulls breed at Mono Lake. The oak woodlands in the foothills of the Central Valley and Central Coast Range are home to state gems, such as the Yellow-billed Magpie, while coastal estuaries support millions of migratory waterbirds. The Mojave Desert provides critical habitat for resident and migratory birds including the Cactus Wren.
Climate Policy in California
(Data: U.S. EIA)
The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 created a statewide greenhouse-gas emissions target, and its renewals in 2016 and 2017 extended and strengthened its goals. The state’s cap-and-trade program has led to a steady decline in carbon emissions while the program’s revenues have funded climate mitigation and adaptation projects nationwide. Guided by its climate action plan, California aims to reach 100-percent carbon-free electrical generation and statewide carbon neutrality by 2045.
California supports sustainable growth and is working with Audubon California to adopt a Natural and Working Lands Implementation Plan. The state’s focus on natural and working lands—farms, forests, wetlands, and ranches—as indispensable is another way it’s leading the country on climate solutions.
Climate Threats Facing Birds and People in San Francisco County
Increased severity and frequency of drought in California threatens water supplies and agriculture, while rising temperatures have decreased snowpack levels and increased heat waves. Large-scale wildfires have caused tens of billions of dollars in damages. Sea levels could rise one to four feet in the next century, submerging wetlands and harming coastal communities.
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.