Global environmental challenges
Climate change making U.S. forests quieter?
Add quieter U.S. forests, woods, and backyards to the list of changes our lives could face from climate change. A piece by my colleague Deborah Zabarenko explores the movement of American birds northward, sometimes hundreds of miles into Canada.
An Audubon Society study of citizen observations that took place over 40 years found that 58 percent of 305 bird species found on the continental U.S. shifted significantly to the north as temperatures warmed. Forest and feeders birds, like finches and chickadees, moved deep into the Canadian Boreal Forest.
Besides the loss of chittering and chirps, what else do you think might be lost from climate-related migrations?
Photo of Purple Finch/National Audubon Society handout