Climate Change

The number one threat to birds

For decades, climate change has been one of our greatest conservation challenges and has become one of the leading threats to birds and other wildlife in Washington and across the nation. The National Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Report found that 189 of Washington's most iconic and beloved bird species are threatened by climate change. Many of these species are currently threatened by other factors, such as habitat loss, while others are species we previously considered secure but could face significant shifts in their ranges as a result of climate change.

Now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to be the voice of the birds and aggressively combat this urgent threat head on by protecting the places that birds need to thrive and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next five years Audubon Washington is focused on:

  • Increasing habitat protection in focused areas of Eastern Washington that are expected to provide essential habitat for birds under a future warmer climate.
  • Ensuring resiliant coastal estuaries will continue to support marine and shorebird populations along Pacific Flyway migration routes. 
  • Advocating for a price on carbon emissions and new, renewable energy alternatives that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State.
  • Building a stronger, more diverse force for action on climate change to monitor birds and advocate for solutions to tackle this threat.    

What the climate-threatened status of the Violet Green Swallow means to one Audubon member

Birds and Climate Change
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Birds and Climate Change

Audubon science tells us a warming planet is the number one threat to birds.

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Washington's Climate-Threatened Birds
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Washington's Climate-Threatened Birds

189 climate-sensitive bird species occur in Washington.

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Carbon and Clean Energy
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Carbon and Clean Energy

Reducing our carbon footprint in the Pacific Northwest.

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Oil Transport
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Oil Transport

An increasing threat through our communities and along our waterways.

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Coal Export
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Coal Export

Help us move beyond coal and toward a green energy future.

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Climate Sensitive Birds in Washington

How you can help, right now