Climate Change

A Field Guide to a Warmer Future

Birds and Climate Change
Climate Change

A Field Guide to a Warmer Future

Birds and Climate Change

Audubon scientists have used hundreds of thousands of citizen-science observations and sophisticated climate models to predict how birds in the U.S. and Canada will react to climate change. Our work defines the climate conditions birds need to survive, then maps where those conditions will be found in the future as the Earth’s climate responds to increased greenhouse gases.

It’s the broadest and most detailed study of its kind, and it’s the closest thing we have to a field guide to the future of North American birds.

With this new science in hand and by working together, as One Audubon, we can:

  • Better understand the threats climate change presents to NYS birds;
  • Protect the habitats birds need to thrive now;
  • Identify and stabilize the habitats birds will need to survive in a warmer world;
  • Support and generate solutions to limiting greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Increase participation in existing citizen science programs to help us obtain more data; and
  • Build demand for improved climate change policies at the state and national levels.

This new climate model shows that some of your favorite birds will lose climate suitable habitat in New York, and for others, New York State will become increasingly more important, but only if we can expand our efforts to protect the vital habitat that supports them throughout their entire lifecycle.

Ways to Help

Audubon’s new science sends a clear message about the serious dangers birds face in a warming world. Protecting them will require both redoubling conservation efforts to safeguard critical habitat and curbing greenhouse gas emissions. You can help!