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50 Bird Species at Risk in Washington

More than half of the bird species National Audubon studied for its recent climate change report were found to be headed toward critical danger.

Red Crossbill, by Mick ThompsonImagine no longer needing to scan a winter flotilla of Goldeneyes, because Barrow's are no more.

A spring when a Wilson’s Warbler is a rarity.

summer when there’s hardly any point in stopping at a stream to look for American Dippers.

Those disappointments and many more are possible if we don’t reverse the effects of climate change threatening 50 bird species in Washington, according to Audubon’s new Birds and Climate Change Report.

Other species on the list of Washington birds threatened or endangered include the Horned Grebe, Trumpeter Swan, and Bohemian Waxwing, the Black-headed Grosbeak, Common Loon, and Red Crossbill.

View the list of Washington birds at risk.

Photo: Red Crossbill, by Mick Thompson

A Majority "on the Brink"

Of the 588 North American bird species studied, 314 are “likely to be in trouble” by 2080, Audubon said. View the Audubon Report at a Glance.

Audubon asks that supporters pledge to take action: that is, give Audubon an email address that the group says it will use to send news of further findings, climate-related volunteer opportunities, and invitations to enlist in citizen science projects.

EAS and Climate Change Action

Bird population data critical for the Audubon report came from citizen science programs such as the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), in which Eastside Audubon participates annually.

Our CBC this year will be on December 20. You’re encouraged to participate in this day of birding to gather information crucial to scientists’ knowledge of the effects of climate change.

Said Eastside Audubon president Andy McCormick, “We’re happy to see this information from Audubon and we support the national organization in its work to educate the public. We will incorporate this new information in our conservation work as we move ahead.”

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