Birds are telling us it’s time to take action on climate change

Audubon’s 2019 report, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, is the most detailed look at the impact of climate change on birds using the latest climate models and bird data available. The report includes a first-of-its-kind zip code-based climate tool: Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer, which shows you how climate change will impact local birds and your community—and ways you can help.  Read the dynamic interactive report (put in your zip code) to learn what birds have been telling us for years: it is time to act: https://www.audubon.org/climate/survivalbydegrees.

The endangered Florida Snail Kite photographed by Mac Stone.

Over the last five years, Audubon has used the latest climate models and more than 140 million bird records—including data collected from bird lovers like you via ebird.org—to assemble Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, a new, ground-breaking report forecasting the dire straights of North American birds through the end of the century in extraordinary detail.

Our science shows that 65% of North American bird species are at severe risk of extinction from climate change. Even common birds like the American Robin, Northern Flicker, and even our endangered Florida Snail Kite (photographed by Mac Stone, and found in our new book publication Florida Birds Exposed by Juanita N. Baker) will experience declining populations and radically different ranges in the near future. If the birds are in trouble, we humans too are in trouble.  Copies of this book can be purchased at our office or on our website: https://pelicanislandaudubon.org/florida-birds-exposed/

But as the threat of climate change grows, so does Pelican Island Audubon’s work. This report not only illustrates how our warming planet will impact the birds we all love but also shows us that if we act, there is still time to create a brighter future for birds and people. And we already have a lot of the tools we need to reduce the effects of global warming. Planting trees is one of them We can work together to reduce climate change.  Pelican Island Audubon has started our Trees for Life project in Indian River County  (https://trees4lifeirc.org/2019/07/23/what-is-trees-for-life/). Live oaks support 395 insects, which many birds need to reproduce and survive.  Please contact our office 772-567-3520 for a free live oak tree.

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