As the climate changes, so will the places birds need.
Audubon scientists took advantage of 140 million observations, recorded by birders and scientists, to describe where 604 North American bird species live today—an area known as their “range.” They then used the latest climate models to project how each species’s range will shift as climate change and other human impacts advance across the continent.
The results are clear: Birds will be forced to relocate to find favorable homes. And they may not survive.
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If we take action now, we can improve the chances for hundreds of bird species.
By stabilizing carbon emissions and holding warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, 76 percent of vulnerable species will be better off, and nearly 150 species would no longer be vulnerable to extinction from climate change.
Click the three different warming scenarios to explore how increased warming makes more species vulnerable.
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Survival by Degrees: About the Study
Birds Are Telling Us It's Time to Take Action on Climate
A Field Guide to the Future of North American Birds
In Canada’s Boreal Forest, a New National Park Faces the Wrongs of the Past—and Guards Our Climate Future
The Fight to Save Pine Island
An Overheating Gulf of Maine Is Forcing Wildlife to Adapt—or Move
Data visualizations and design: Stamen Design. Cover animation: Alex Tomlinson/Audubon; Photos.
Site build: Vilien Zein & Alexander Roy & Andrey Koshkin.