Reports have emerged that almost half of all bird species which are found in North America face the danger of population decline by the year 2080 if the rate at which global warming is taking place is not stopped. This was reported in a research which was released by the National Audubon Society which was released on Monday.
“The massive scale of disruption which we are projecting is indeed a real huge punch in the gut,” said Gary Langham who is the chief scientist at Audubon.
The Audubon study was led by Langham and examined about 500 species of birds, saying that more than 300 of these species in both the US and Canada could have their populations cut down by the adverse effects of climate change by 2080.
The report says that for these birds to survive, they will have to change habitats and also familiarize yourself to new environments with different precipitation rates and temperature.
This study is the first of its own kind and will be used by federal officials concerned with wildlife management to figure out the best strategies which can be used to conserve species of birds, especially those whose supply depend on some specific habitats such as coastal areas, forests and grassland.
The repost says that the bald eagle, which is always recognized as a symbol of the US will see its habitat diminish by up to 75%. The habitats which is mostly inhabited by the common loon which is the most notable sign and state bird of Minnesota could disappear completely in 48 states that are in lower part of the United States.
The report further says that birds such as black oyster catcher may leave its coastal area for Alaska and British Columbia because they have favorable climate.
Other birds which may be affected by shift in climatic conditions include the eared grebe, trumpeter swan, chestnut collared longspur and the white headed woodpecker.
“What could indeed missing along with these birds and their ecological environments are their presence and entertaining songs which form of our everyday lives. They also form the fabric of our everyday lives,” said Langham.
Part funding for the project was provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Society. The results which have been achieved are aimed at informing the services of migratory bird management, objectives as well as planning of the conservation landscape,” said Laudry Parramore.
Previous studies which were carried out on birds in North America were not as comprehensive as this.