Climate

Helping birds thrive in a changing climate.

Painted Redstart Photo: Mick Thompson

Survival by Degrees: 389 Species on the Brink

Global warming poses an existential threat to two-thirds of North American bird species—but there's still time to protect them. Audubon's new climate report says we have to act now.

Audubon scientists took advantage of 140 million observations, recorded by birders and scientists, to describe where 604 North American bird species live today—an area known as their “range.” They then used the latest climate models to project how each species’s range will shift as climate change and other human impacts advance across the continent.

The results are clear: Birds will be forced to relocate to find favorable homes. Audubon’s new science shows that two-thirds (64%) (389 out of 604) of North American bird species are at risk of extinction from climate change. The good news is that our science also shows that if we take action now we can help improve the changes for 76% of species at risk.

Birds tell us - it is time to take action on climate.

Birds in Arizona Impacted by Climate Change

Painted Redstart

Latin:  Myioborus pictus

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Eared Grebe

Latin:  Podiceps nigricollis

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Spotted Owl

Latin:  Strix occidentalis

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Mexican Jay

Latin:  Aphelocoma wollweberi

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Mountain Bluebird

Latin:  Sialia currucoides

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Olive Warbler

Latin:  Peucedramus taeniatus

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Montezuma Quail

Latin:  Cyrtonyx montezumae

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Red-faced Warbler

Latin:  Cardellina rubrifrons

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Yellow-eyed Junco

Latin:  Junco phaeonotus

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Grace's Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga graciae

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Arizona Woodpecker

Latin:  Dryobates arizonae

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Gilded Flicker

Latin:  Colaptes chrysoides

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Virginia Rail

Latin:  Rallus limicola

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Whiskered Screech-Owl

Latin:  Megascops trichopsis

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Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Latin:  Myiodynastes luteiventris

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Yellow Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga petechia

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