Climate Change Affects Bird Migration And Extinction – A Blog Action Day 2009 Event

by Larry Jordan on October 15, 2009

According to a study by Audubon scientists released in February,  nearly 60% of the 305 species found in North America in winter are on the move, shifting their ranges northward by an average of 35 miles.  You can download the study here.  You can find a synopsis of the situation on the Audubon’s Bird & Climate Change website and, after reading the report, you will probably want to hop on over to the “take action” page and do something about it!

A status report compiled for the World Wildlife Fund reviews more than 200 scientific articles with alarming results.  You can download the summary here.  If you want to read the entire Global Status Report you can download it here.  This report (3.24MB) is “a synthesis of current scientific understanding of anthropogenic climate change impacts on global bird species now, and projected future effects.”

These reports are only a small part of the affects of climate change on our planet, its flora, fauna and human habitat.  You can get more information and read posts by some of the over 8,000 blogs, all over the world participating in Blog Action Day 2009 here.

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Gallicissa October 15, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Birds begining to wintering further north is yet another ‘solid’ evidence , but where’s the action America?
.-= Gallicissa´s last blog ..Dear Lord =-.


chris October 16, 2009 at 4:01 am

Hi Larry,
Very interesting post. Being a scientist, I’m all the time questioning the why, you probably know that! I guess nobody can deny the climate change, but we also know two things: human activity might affect the climate, and the climate has changed over the past thousands year on a regular bases with very cold periods (Ice ages) and warm period… It is rather difficult to assess the effect of human activity of global climate change even if I believe its affecting it… But yes most of the species are increasing their distribution. For example, here, in Iceland a lot of new breeding species have been noticed the last two years, such as common crossbills, European robin and European siskins!! Quite ncredible!
.-= chris´s last blog ..Birding places and presentation of Bakkatjörn. =-.


Amber Coakley October 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Hi Larry,
I think the North American Bird Phenology Program that I have been helping with is also hoping to add to the data that illustrates how the migrations of birds have changed over the years.

I didn’t know about the Blog Action Day, but it looks like it was an interesting event.
.-= Amber Coakley´s last blog ..For the Love of Pelicans =-.


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