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A Bird’s Eye View of Climate Change with North Fork Audubon
March 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report, published in September 2014, confirmed that climate change is the single greatest threat to North American birds. Seven years in the making, the report warns that 314 North American bird species could lose more than half of their current ranges by 2080 due to rising temperatures.
National Audubon Society Deputy Director of Climate and Strategic Initiatives Lynsy Smithson-Stanley will discuss the report, as well as Audubon’s Climate Initiative, the organizational response to this threat, which taps into its members’ commitment to birds to build population resilience and demand solutions to slow the pace of warming. The audience will learn what steps they can take to address the climate change threat in their backyards, in their communities, in the Important Bird Areas (IBAs) near their homes, and in seeking support from the state and federal government.
For those of us who care deeply about birds–from the Wood Thrush in eastern forests to the Burrowing Owl in western grassland–this is a warning call that demands urgent action. The situation is indeed dire-more than half of bird species on the continent are at risk-but there are reasons for hope. By identifying which birds are most sensitive to climate change and where those changes are most likely to occur, this research provides a road map for future conservation and advocacy efforts.