White-Breasted Nuthatch - Nick Saunders/Great Backyard Bird Count

White-Breasted Nuthatch Photo: Nick Saunders/Great Backyard Bird Count

Climate

Watching for Nuthatches

New citizen science project to understand how birds are reacting to climate change

Nuthatches are among 170 bird species in North Carolina whose ranges are expected to shift and shrink due to a changing climate, according to Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report released in 2014. A new citizen science project is taking flight to understand how birds are reacting to climate change and how humans can prepare for these changes.

To test the predictions of the report, Audubon is piloting the new citizen science project “Climate Watch.” Climate Watch aims to document species’ responses to climate change by having volunteers in the field look for birds where Audubon’s climate models project range expansion and loss by the 2020s.

Climate Watch focuses on species with the strongest predictions in the climate models. Specifically in North Carolina, Climate Watch participants are asked to look for the three species of nuthatches: White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Brown-headed Nuthatch.

Join the Watch

1. Sign-up

Email your name and address to a Climate Watch coordinator near you. If your bird club or organization is interested in participating, please email kbrand@audubon.org.

The January Watch is FULL but you can sign-up to participate in the June Watch.

2. Hone your nuthatch finding skills

Make sure you can identify the three species by sight and sound.

White-Breasted Nuthatch - Nick Saunders/GBBC
White-Breasted Nuthatch Photo: Nick Saunders/Great Backyard Bird Count
Brown-headed Nuthatch BHNU Will Stuart
Brown-headed Nuthatch Photo: Will Stuart
Red-breasted Nuthatch - Megumi Aita/Audubon Photography Awards
Red-breasted Nuthatch Photo: Megumi Aita/Audubon Photography Awards

Hear a White-breasted Nuthatch

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Hear a Brown-headed Nuthatch

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Hear a Red-breasted Nuthatch

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3. Get ready for the survey times

Climate Watch will occur over two 15-day periods each year, in the winter and in the breeding season: January 15-30 and June 1-15.

Learn more http://www.audubon.org/conservation/climate-watch-pilot-program

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