Vulnerable Birds in Santa Cruz 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 California Quail's Range Be Affected in Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz 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.

Audubon California is actively engaged in protecting birds and their critical habitat through its conservation programs and Audubon’s Conservation Ranching program.


Climate Policy in California

Electricity Generation Breakdown
47%
RENEWABLE
6.2% Wind
2.8% Biomass
20.6% Hydro
11.8% Solar
8.7%
NUCLEAR
43.1%
FOSSIL FUEL
43% Natural Gas
.1% Coal
1.1%
OTHER
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets
40%
BELOW 1990
levels by 2030
80%
BELOW 1990
levels by 2050
Renewable Portfolio Standard
60%
BY 2030
Climate Alliance?
Member of US
No
Member of the US
Climate Alliance?
No

(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 Santa Cruz 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.

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