Analyses by Audubon scientists show how climate change is affecting our birds in their ranges, populations, and life cycles. Audubon Washington's 2009 State of the Birds report looked at our birds in our 74 Important Bird Areas: Read the summary publication with chart of climate changes, effect on landscapes, and implications for vulnerable birds. See full state report here, and read the full national report here.
Like the proverbial canaries in coal mines, the state of our birds holds implications for our own health and quality of life as well.
People can take steps individually, locally, nationally and internationally to protect birds. Examples include: planting bird-friendly native vegetation, taking part in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, monitoring a nearby Important Bird Area, taking political action, using the Great Washington State Birding Trail, and buying shade-grown, organic coffee, which helps protect bird habitat.