The effects of climate change are becoming more and more evident with each passing day. A report released by the National Audubon Society lays out a grim future in which about half of the approximately 650 species will be driven to smaller spaces or forced to find new places to live, feed and breed over the next 65 years. In situations where this is not possible, there is every possibility of the bird becoming extinct.
You will not see the Baltimore oriole in Maryland and so is the common loon who might be forced to leave Minnesota, and the trumpeter swan could be entirely gone.
Some of the grim portends includes projections which hints that 21.4 percent of existing bird species studied will lose “more than half of the current climactic range by 2050. Another 32% will face the same fate in 2080.
The most threatened species includes the three-toed woodpecker, the trumpeter swan, the northern the rufous hummingbird, hawk owl, the northern gannet, and Baird’s sparrow.
David Yarnold, the president of the National Audubon Society said, “Common sense will tell you that with these kinds of findings, it’s hard to believe we won’t lose some species to extinction. How many? We honestly don’t know. We don’t know which ones are going to prove heroically resilient .Some can and some will,” Yarnold said. “But what happens to a yellow-billed magpie in California that depends on scrub oak habitat? What happens as that bird keeps moving higher and higher and farther north and runs out of oak trees? Trees don’t fly. Birds do.”
The report was published last week and is based on United Nations estimates for climate change in between 2050 and 2080 as well as two huge surveys of birds: the Audubon Society’s own Christmas bird count, which involved thousands of volunteers who have worked on for decades.