Climate Change

The number one threat to birds

Sharp-tailed Grouse. Photo: J. Arthur Anderson / Audubon Photography Awards

Climate change has become our greatest conservation challenge. The National Audubon Society’s Survival by Degrees report found that two-thirds of North American birds are at risk of extinction if we don't take action. The good news is that by taking action to quickly move to net-zero carbon emissions we can protect up to 76% of these species.

Now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to be the voice of the birds and aggressively combat this urgent threat head on by rapidly reducing climate polluting emissions. That's why Audubon Washington remains focused on:

  • Advocating for 100% clean energy in the state of Washington, including a broad suite of policies - from energy standards to pricing mechanisms - that will reduce emissions fairly and equitably.
  • Ensuring resilient coastal estuaries will continue to support marine and shorebird populations along Pacific Flyway migration routes.
  • Increasing habitat protection in focused areas of Eastern Washington that are expected to provide essential habitat for birds under a future warmer climate.
  • Building a stronger, more diverse force for advocacy on climate change, to monitor birds and advance solutions that are commensurate with this threat.  
Advocacy
Advocacy

Advocacy

How we fight for birds.

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Natural Solutions to Climate Change
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Natural Solutions to Climate Change

Our campaign to fight climate change the natural way

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Solar Energy: Siting it Right in the Columbia Basin
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Solar Energy: Siting it Right in the Columbia Basin

A balanced approach to 100% clean electricity

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Climate Action News Feed

A Legislative Agenda for the Birds
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A Legislative Agenda for the Birds

Join an Audubon advocacy group to meet with your state legislator on December 7.  Audubon will schedule your group’s meeting and provide training to ensure you’re prepared to speak for the birds!

How the Boreal Forest Can Help Protect Birds (and the Planet) from Climate Change
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How the Boreal Forest Can Help Protect Birds (and the Planet) from Climate Change

As the areas like the Pacific Flyway heat up, we turn towards nature-based climate solutions for answers.

The Audubon Mural Project Lands in the Pacific Northwest
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The Audubon Mural Project Lands in the Pacific Northwest

On Washington's Vashon Island, the community has embraced a public art initiative to inspire conservation of local climate-threatened species.

New Legislation Strengthens Federal Fisheries Law
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New Legislation Strengthens Federal Fisheries Law

A bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act boosts protections for seabirds

The historic Northwest heat wave that killed shellfish could spell trouble for marine birds
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The historic Northwest heat wave that killed shellfish could spell trouble for marine birds

Extreme heat related to climate change threatens food supply for marine birds in Salish Sea

Mortality Event at West Seattle Caspian Tern Colony
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Mortality Event at West Seattle Caspian Tern Colony

Extreme heat is a known, climate-related threat that can be especially harmful during vulnerable nesting periods for birds

Growing Climate Solutions in Washington
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Growing Climate Solutions in Washington

Some of the country’s most important bird habitat areas – including coastal wetlands, grasslands, forests and urban green spaces – are also major carbon sinks

Major Victories for Conservation and Climate
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Major Victories for Conservation and Climate

2021 Legislative session wrap-up

Reigning in Carbon Emissions and Advancing Justice
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Reigning in Carbon Emissions and Advancing Justice

Climate and environmental justice in the 2021 Washington State Legislature

Third Time's A Charm: State Senate Makes History Advancing Critical Climate Policy
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Third Time's A Charm: State Senate Makes History Advancing Critical Climate Policy

Clean Fuel Standard one step closer to Governor Inslee’s desk

Climate Sensitive Birds in Washington

How you can help, right now