Trust the Birds. Climate Change is Real

Audubon Makes Climate Solutions a Priority in 2019

Trust the Birds. Climate Change is Real

Government scientists confirmed in The National Climate Assessment released the day after Thanksgiving that “the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen.”

I’m going to repeat that phrase because it’s that important.

“The evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen.”

The Wood Thrush is one of the Audubon’s species of greatest concern due to climate change

Our Climate is Changing Right Now

David Yarnold (@david_yarnold), Audubon’s president, CEO, and advocate for more than a million people who love and protects birds says climate solutions should be a priority.

“The new report from the Trump Administration shows us what birds have been telling us for years: our climate is changing right now,” says Yarnold.

“This U.S. Government report joins the report issued just last month by the United Nations, and both make clear that urgent action is necessary. Our 1.4 million members will make climate solutions a priority when the new Congress begins work in January,” he adds.

The National Climate Assessment is a collaboration of 300 experts including 13 governmental agencies.

Climate-related Threats are Rising

The report concludes chillingly.

“The evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans’ physical, social, and economic well-being are rising.”

2016 study by National Audubon Society’s Senior Climate Scientist, Dr. Brooke Bateman was included in The National Climate Assessment.

The Scarlet Tanager is one of the Audubon's species of greatest concern due to climate change
The Scarlet Tanager is one of the Audubon’s species of greatest concern due to climate change

Predicting Places Important to Birds

“We are studying how birds are already changing their patterns as well trying to predict the places that will become even more important to birds as global temperatures rise,” said Dr. Bateman.

“These studies will help us determine where to put resources to create the best outcomes for birds and people.”

North American Bird Species to Lose Current Ranges

In 2014, Audubon published its Birds and Climate Change Report.

The study shows that more than half of the bird species in North America could lose at least half of their current ranges by 2080 due to rising temperatures.

The species of greatest concern include the Scarlet Tanager, the Greater Sage-Grouse and the Wood Thrush.

READ: Mountain Birds in the Tropics on Escalator to Extinction

Take Action Now to Protect the Greater Sage-Grouse

The U.S. Forest Service’s proposed changes to the sage-grouse conservation plan can have a devastating effect on this iconic species.

Tell the U.S. Forest Service to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse.

Greater Sage Grouse standing upright during mating display
Greater Sage Grouse standing upright during mating display

Take action now by signing the petition on the Audubon’s Action Center here.

The Audubon supports common-sense, bipartisan solutions that reduce carbon pollution at the speed and scale necessary to address the urgent threat climate change poses to birds and people.

Learn more about Audubon’s Climate Initiative, including how members and supporters can take steps to help birds in a changing climate at www.audubon.org/climate.

Protect birds, and we protect the earth. Let’s coexist with nature.

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