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.  
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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 Plateau
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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

Puget Sound Series: A Winning Formula for Coastal Resilience
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Puget Sound Series: A Winning Formula for Coastal Resilience

We can improve coastal resilience through addressing sea level rise in shoreline management

Policy Priorities in 2023
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2023 Legislative Priorities

Bird conservation in a changing climate requires bold investments in the health of our land and waters and smart planning for climate change.

Speak Up for the Birds this Legislative Session
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Speak Up for the Birds this Legislative Session

The 2023 legislative session is underway. We have numerous opportunities to protect birds through policy change and funding in the state budget.

A Win for the Audubon Network: The Landmark Sagebrush Songbird Survey
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A Win for the Audubon Network: The Landmark Sagebrush Songbird Survey

The final report was just released for the Sagebrush Songbird Survey, an unprecedented community science partnership to create sagebrush songbird distribution models in Washington's imperiled shrub steppe ecosystem

Puget Sound Series: Sea-level Rise in Skagit County
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Puget Sound Series: Sea-level Rise in Skagit County

We successfully advocated for the addition of provisions to consider sea level rise in the latest draft of the Skagit County Shoreline Master Plan!

Puget Sound Series: Sea Level Rise
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Puget Sound Series: Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise in Puget Sound threatens homes, infrastructure, and natural shoreline habitats.

2022 Legislative Session Recap for Climate, Puget Sound, Sagelands, and Bird-friendly Communities
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2022 Legislative Session Recap for Climate, Puget Sound, Sagelands, and Bird-friendly Communities

The 60-day legislative session wrapped up on March 10 with some fantastic victories for birds, as well as important policies that didn’t make the cut.

Investing in Salmon Recovery Is Good for Birds
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Investing in Salmon Recovery Is Good for Birds

Alongside our partners at the Seattle Aquarium and Sound Action, we’ve proposed legislation that helps protect Puget Sound shoreline habitat for birds, salmon, and people

Bill Tracker: 2023 Legislative Session
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Bill Tracker: 2023 Legislative Session

Weekly updates and actions to support the passage of priority bills for birds

A Legislative Agenda for Birds and the Places They Need
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A Legislative Agenda for Birds and the Places They Need

Audubon Washington seeks to build on critical climate and conservation policies in the 2022 legislative session

Climate Sensitive Birds in Washington

How you can help, right now