Texas Birds Among Those At Risk of Extinction

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Through 140 million observations, recorded by birder watchers and scientists, they determined where certain bird species lived.

Audubon's report is based on the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report models for 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 degrees C of global warming.

Last month, Science published a study by a joint team of conservation biologists describing a grim picture: a steady decline of almost three billion North American birds since 1970, primarily as a result of human activities. Dr. Jeff Wells, an ornithologist with the National Audubon Society, says those include iconic species like the common loon, the white-throated sparrow and the hermit thrush.

A new report says there's a bird emergency in the air - climate change could eradicate two-thirds of the bird species now prevalent in OH by the end of this century. They're the ones that are telling us what's going on in the environment. "Those loons are what drive my work today and I can't imagine them leaving the USA entirely in summer but that's what we're facing if trends continue".

Under the most extreme projections, California could face temperature increases of more than six degrees Fahrenheit in winter and up to almost 10 degrees Fahrenheit in summer.

Urso says taking action now could improve the chances of many at-risk birds. The report identifies six climate-related threats facing California, including sea level rise, extreme spring heat, spring droughts and fire weather.

The models that were used, which are reportedly the culmination of five years of research, are "cutting-edge", according to Josh Lawler, an ecologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who uses similar models to predict how wildlife might respond to climate change; he was not involved in the Audobon study.

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"We already know what we need to do to reduce global warming, and we already have a lot of the tools we need to take those steps".

"Now, what we need are more people committed to making sure those solutions are put into practice", she adds. "Some birds are likely to thrive in warmer climate".

Ask your local, state, and federal elected officials to expand consumer-driven clean energy development, like solar power, which helps birds while growing jobs in your community. On an individual level, Bonner said people can help birds by growing as many native plants as possible and keeping cats indoors.

The report, produced by the USA -based National Audubon Society and released on Thursday, is among the most comprehensive to date to discern the future impacts of a warming climate on avian life cycles and breeding patterns across the continent.

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.

Under a business-as-usual scenario in which greenhouse gas emissions are not significantly curtailed, the analysis shows a precipitous decline in bird species during the breeding season in Canada's boreal forest, with some species shifting further north but many others struggling to find food sources that are no longer in sync with their migratory patterns.

Because birds can migrate and disperse more easily than other species, they are often better able to adapt than other animals.

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