Wood Thrush Photo: Nate Rathbun / USFWS
For decades, climate change has been one of our greatest conservation challenges and has become one of the leading threats to birds and other wildlife in Vermont and across the nation. The National Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Report predicts that roughly half of Vermont’s birds will see their ranges shift or contract by 50% or more. Reduced habitat suitability is likely to result in changes to the bird species community, their nesting success, and overall incidence of birds that are currently characteristic of the region.
Preventing deforestation is among the most cost effective strategies to reduce carbon emissions worldwide. As a mostly forested region, the Atlantic Northern Forest can contribute significantly to climate mitigation by preventing the conversion of forestland to other uses.
Now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to be the voice of the birds and aggressively combat this urgent threat head on by protecting the places that birds need to thrive and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Audubon Vermont's education programs engage learners of all ages to understand the foundations of climate change science, the impacts of climate change on a local and global scale, and be inspired to become part of a collective solution that addresses climate change in Vermont.
We already know what we need to do to help the birds we love in Vermont