Audubon Releases Comprehensive Study On Climate Change Impact On Birds

World of Birds

If you like hearing the loon’s call at the lake or spotting ducks, you could be out of luck in the near future. In a first-of-its-kind study, Audubon has released a comprehensive study of bird species throughout Alaska, Canada and the continental U.S. assessing fundamental climate needs for each species to survive. It found several iconic species at risk in New York.

 Common Loon Credit Melody Lytle/Audubon Photography Awards
Common Loon
Credit Melody Lytle/Audubon Photography Awards

The Audubon Bird and Climate Report assesses climactic suitability, predicting a range of temperatures, precipitation, and seasonal changes that each species needs to survive. It uses predicted greenhouse gas emission scenarios to map each species’ new range as the climate changes.  It found 588 North American species at risk. 314 will lose more than 50 percent of their current climatic range by 2080.

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