Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World

National Wildlife Federation
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[From Press Release] Climate change is altering and destroying important habitats that America’s migratory birds depend on and urgent action is needed to change that dangerous flight path, according to a new report released today by the National Wildlife Federation. Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World  details how a warming climate could lead to a decline in some bird populations and even some extinctions if action is not taken to curb carbon pollution and adopt climate-smart conservation strategies…

Birds’ ranges are shifting and in some cases, contracting. 177 of 305 species tracked have shifted their centers of abundance during the winter northward by 35 miles on average in the past four decades.

Coastal wetlands and beach habitats, home to birds like king rails and piping plovers, are disappearing, inundated by sea level rise.

Global warming is exacerbating pests and disease, such as mountain pine beetle epidemics that have devastated many western forests.

Changing precipitation patterns threaten the Midwest’s prairie pothole region, known as “America’s duck factory.” Many ducks such as mallards and pintails face disappearing breeding habitat…

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