We love them. Now protect them and their habitats.
American Oystercatcher female with nestlings. Photo: Michael Cassella/Audubon Photography Awards
Because birds live everywhere, what affects them eventually affects us. And birds are telling us that their survival—and ours—depends on healthy natural spaces and clean air and water to curb the effects of climate change.
Can you imagine a world without the flute-like eee-oh-lay of a Wood Thrush? Forty percent of the Atlantic Flyway’s bird species are species of conservation need -- including the Wood Thrush, the most widespread of our eastern forest neotropical migratory species, whose population has been reduced by half in the past 40 years.
Scientific studies show that climate change is the biggest threat to birds and people alike, with two-thirds of North American bird species at risk of extinction due to our warming planet. Birds tell us it is not too late, but there is no time to lose. If we stand together and act now, we can still protect our most vulnerable birds and build healthier, stronger human communities too.
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