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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"The Birdsong of Climate Change" (the effects of climate change on bird populations)

the birdsong of climate change birdsong of climate change, reports Felicity Barringer’s September 8th article in The New York Times, will be the coo of the mourning dove. Their climate potential will most certainly increase over the next sixty-five years. But the Baltimore oriole will likely no longer live in the state of Maryland. Bird species such as Trumpeter swans may no longer even exist, having been forced out of their existing territory. No reported the National Audubon Society on Monday.
     Perhaps half of the 650 species listed on the report may have forced by 2050 to new places to live and feed, or, if they cannot adapt, will like disappear from the planet or, at least, North America:
                             Among the most threatened species are the three-toed 
                             woodpecker, the northern hawk owl, the northern gannet, 
                             Baird’s sparrow, the rufous hummingbird and the trumpeter
                             swan, the report said. They are among the 30 species that, 
                             by 2050, will no longer be able to live and breed in more
                            than 90 percent of their current territory     Certainly some of these species may become what scientists describe as “heroically resilient,” but many others forced out of their local habitats will surely disappear. “What happens as these birds keep moving higher and higher and farther and farther north and runs out of trees? Trees don’t fly. Birds do.”
     The major author of the report, Gary Langham suggests that the likelihood that the future will look like what our grandparents experienced regarding birds is highly doubtful. Not only will changes in climate harm birds already considered endangered, but will likely “decimate” birds that currently have robust populations.
     American robins, red-tailed hawks, western scrub jays, western meadowlarks, north cardinals, and northern mockingbirds are all likely to flourish. But the brown pelican of the Gulf Coast and Puffins off the Maine coast will probably no longer survive.
     The news, based on recent bird counts, should be warning to all naysayers in the climate warming debates. For years scientists have been warning us of the mass exodus of certain birds from various regions across the continent, but today we were told, in all-too specific terms, that many beloved avian species, within many adults own lifetime, will no longer to spotted by their children.
Los Angeles, September 16, 2014
Reprinted from Green Integer Blog (September 2014).

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