Climate Watch

A new community science program explores how North American birds are responding to climate change.

Help us understand how climate is affecting the birds around you

Since 2016, Climate Watch volunteers have collected data which Audubon scientists are able to use to document in peer reviewed research that birds are responding to climate change and shifting their ranges. You can join us in this fight by observing birds in your area, using our specific protocol, and helping us learn about how birds are responding to the changing climate.

According to Audubon’s 2019 climate change report, ‘Survival By Degrees,’ up to two-thirds of North American birds are vulnerable to extinction due to climate change. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to protect birds from this existential threat, and Audubon members have been leading the way for years. Thousands of people asked how they could help make the world a better place for birds, and Climate Watch was born. Since 2016, Climate Watch volunteers have collected data which Audubon scientists are able to use to document in peer reviewed research that birds are responding to climate change and shifting their ranges. 

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Help build a better world for birds by joining Climate Watch to test and improve climate models.
Sign up to receive email notifications about Climate Watch.

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The next survey will take place  January 15 - February 15, 2024 and is open to the public, including all interested Audubon chapters and centers, in addition to organized groups and individuals with an interest in birds, following the COVID-Safe guidelines found here.

Know Your Climate Watch Target Species
Eastern Bluebird
Thrushes
Mountain Bluebird
Thrushes
Western Bluebird
Thrushes
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Nuthatches
White-breasted Nuthatch
Nuthatches
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Nuthatches
Pygmy Nuthatch
Nuthatches
American Goldfinch
Finches
Lesser Goldfinch
Finches
Eastern Towhee
New World Sparrows
Spotted Towhee
New World Sparrows
Painted Bunting
Cardinals, Grosbeaks and Buntings

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