Audubon's Birds and Climate Change Report

314 Species on the Brink

Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century

Bald Eagle

The national symbol of the United States is projected to lose 73% of its current breeding range by 2080.

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Greg Craybas

Audubon's Birds and Climate Change Report

314 Species on the Brink

Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century.

Baird's Sparrow

By 2080, this grassland bird is expected to lose 100 percent of its current breeding range.

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Tony Bynum

Audubon's Birds and Climate Change Report

314 Species on the Brink

Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century

Common Loon

By 2080, this great icon of the north could lose 75 percent of its winter range.

See the climate forecast map »

Jim Brandenburg/Minden Pictures/Corbis

Audubon's Birds and Climate Change Report

314 Species on the Brink

Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century

Burrowing Owl

By 2080, this diurnal owl species could lose 77 percent of its breeding range.

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Erik Walker

Audubon's Birds and Climate Change Report

314 Species on the Brink

Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century

Rufous Hummingbird

By 2080, this glittering hummingbird may lose 100 percent of its winter range in the U.S.

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John Kieffer/Outside Imagery

Explore the Impacts

Audubon’s findings classify 314 species—nearly half of all North American birds—as severely threatened by global warming. Our interactive maps show how each of these at-risk birds’ potential ranges could expand, contract, or shift in both summer and winter as our climate changes.

Use our geographical search to see how climate could affect birds near you.

Further Reading

Audubon Magazine has devoted its entire September/October 2014 issue to birds and climate change. Read all the issue's stories here:

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Birds Near You

9 State Birds May Abandon Homes, Thanks to Climate Change

by Manon Verchot

From the Louisiana’s Brown Pelican to Minnesota’s Common Loon, nine state birds could leave the states that honor them. 

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The Data

Our Data, Your Visualizations

by Susan E. Matthews

Audubon’s Climate Change Report comes with a side of data. Here’s how news organizations are reimagining the message. 

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Burning Forest
Big Picture

12 Views of a Warming World

by Raillan Brooks

Photographers capture a dozen scenes of a changing planet. 

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Henry Paulson
Voices from Common Ground

Who's Worried About Global Warming?

Five unexpected agitators on climate explain why they're speaking out. 

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Amy Switzer ice sculpture Lake Nipissing Ontario
Psychology

Rethinking How We Think About Climate Change

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Beyond politics and paralysis lies a way forward—to action.

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We have about 50 years before climate change is going to be locked in.
The Elements: Air

How We Ran Out of Air Time

by Andrew C. Revkin

It’s time to be honest with ourselves: Our relationship with the atmosphere is a two-way street.

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Aerial photography of Phytoplankton blooms.
The Elements: Sea

How Climate Change is Sinking Seabirds

by Carl Safina

In warming oceans, seabirds’ food chains are headed straight to the bottom.

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A timber yard stacked with felled tree trunks.
The Elements: Land

Why U.S. Forests Are Fueling Europe

by T. Edward Nickens

Growing demand for wood pellets abroad hurts bird habitat at home.

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Gary Langham
Behind the Science

A Flight Plan for Birds in a Warming World

by Alisa Opar

Audubon's chief scientist is plotting a future for birds. Here's how they could survive.

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Modeling Graph
Behind the Science

Why We Need Climate Models

by Terry L. Root

Computer models, while imperfect, may be the best shot we have for understanding what climate change will bring. 

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Green Lights

9 New Ideas to Cut Carbon Emissions

by Raillan Brooks

These solutions could stem emissions from food, fuel, and beyond. 

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Miami sinking under the waves
Letter from Florida

Keeping a Rising Sea at Bay

by Justin Nobel

From Miami to Key West, climate change is now in southeastern Florida.

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Toxic coal particulates in a carefully designed storage area.
Activism

Dumping Coal Is Easy. But Who Will Divest the Rest?

by Daniel Glick

A growing number of institutions are letting their money do the talking.

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Antarctic, Home of Penguins
Field Notes

Penguins and Polar Bears Hang on at the Poles

by Noah Strycker

With our climate becoming ever more off-kilter, a naturalist takes stock of the ends of the earth.

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Tom Peterson, President and CEO of the Center for Climate Strategies
Roadmaps

The Power of Small Steps

by Tom Peterson

The U.S. could still make it to Kyoto—we're already partway there.

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Thomas C. Heller, Climate Policy Initiative
Roadmaps

Riding Growth to a Climate Solution

by Thomas C. Heller

Economic growth may be less of an enemy to climate action than we thought.

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Jigar Shah, author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy
Roadmaps

Follow the Money to Zero-Emissions Energy

by Jigar Shah

Solar and wind energy are already feasible options.

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Roadmaps

19 Ways to Kyoto

by Tom Peterson

The incremental changes that could make the Kyoto 2020 goals a reality. 

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Audubon Climate Issue Mosaic
Zooming In

Mosaic Mastermind

by Charis Tsevis

Charis Tsevis repurposes John James Audubon’s paintings to create the stunning cover image for Audubon’s climate issue. 

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Brill's version of a Burrowing Owl
Illustrated Aviary

Geometry Meets Owl

by Josh Brill

Artist Josh Brill takes a fresh look at a fading species.

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