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Climate change and declining bird populations in Washington state

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KHQ.COM- Can you imagine a world where Bald Eagles, the Common Loon, Baltimore Orioles, and the Brown Pelican do not exist? According to the National Audubon Society, nearly half the bird species in the continental United States and Canada are threatened by climate change. New data shows 113 “climate-endangered” bird species in Washington state that may lose 50% or more of their habitat by 2050. Washington species such as the Rufous Hummingbird, Bald Eagle and even the currently abundant Mallard could lose as much as 75% of their existing habitat, threatening their long-term survival.

Audubon ornithologists analyzed 30 years of North American climate data and tens of thousands of historical bird observations from the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and U.S. Geological Survey's North American Breeding Bird Survey to understand the links between where birds live and the climatic conditions that support them.

10 Birds That Could Lose 99 Percent or More of Current Range by 2080

· American Avocet

· Black Rosy-Finch

· Brown-headed Nuthatch

· Chestnut-Collared Longspur

· Eared Grebe

· Northern Gannet

· Northern Saw-whet Owl

· Trumpeter Swan

· White-headed Woodpecker

· Yellow Rail

For a detailed look at how climate change impacts the bird population in the continental U.S. visit this website: Audubon.org/Climate

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