Photo: Nate Rathbun/USFWS
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.
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 conditions they need to survive and raise their young.
Select a warming scenario to see how this species’ range will change under increased global temperatures.
In order to hold warming steady, we must act now to reduce the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere and limit warming to 1.5 degrees. We must reduce our carbon emissions and also absorb what is produced through natural solutions like reforestation or with technology that removes carbon from the air.
Click the three different warming scenarios to explore how increased warming puts more species in Arkansas at risk.
In Arkansas, the Midwest meets the South, and the state’s landscapes support a bevy of bird species. Mount Magazine State Park, which includes the state’s highest point, has played host to western birds, including Townsend’s Solitaire and Rufous-crowned Sparrows. Ouachita National Forest provides key southern pinewood habitat for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatches, and Bachman’s Sparrows. Millwood Lake is a hotspot for waterfowl, including Black-bellied Whistling Ducks—birds of the Deep South that, like Inca Doves, Neotropic Cormorants, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, have been expanding northward across the state in recent decades.
Arkansas faces two seemingly contradictory climate-driven threats: flooding from increased rainfall and drought. The state has already experienced more severe flooding, which in the summer of 2019 alone cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in economic losses. Droughts, which are likely to become more severe as rainfall decreases this century, threaten agricultural yields and river transportation. In the coming decades, the state could also experience reduced crop yields and greater risk of heat-related illnesses.