A word from: AUDUBON NEW MEXICO
Audubon New Mexico’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
These are challenging and desperate times. Not only does a potentially deadly virus threaten our everyday survival, climate change remains as real as ever. At Audubon NM we hope you are doing all you can to protect yourselves and your loved ones. We’re saddened by the inability to gather and celebrate Earth Day and meet you all in person, but are grateful for this opportunity to share our work with you. Please read on to see what Audubon NM and the National Audubon Society is doing in the face of a changing climate.
As the climate changes, so will the places birds need to survive.
The National Audubon Society’s climate report, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, found that nearly two thirds of North America’s birds are vulnerable to climate change. An increase of even one degree Celsius could alter life on Earth as we know it for all living things.
In addition to the report, the Birds and Climate Visualizer was created that allows the viewer to see which impacts from climate change is a threat to the birds in their community or in other places around North America. Simply type in your zip code to see how the birds in your area could be effected.
The good news is there are things you can do to reverse the trend and reduce your own contributions to climate change. Take a look at Audubon’s Climate Action Guide for ideas. If we take action now we can help improve the chances for the majority of species at risk.
Here is an idea for acting locally. It’s spring, and gardens are on many people’s minds, whether growing food, bringing beauty into the neighborhood, or both. When planning your home or community garden, why not plant native plants that will help adapt our landscapes to climate change. Native plants are adapted to drier conditions, and provide food and shelter for birds as wild habitat becomes scarcer. Use Audubon’s online Native Plant database to identify which species are best for your region.
Thank you for visiting our post and those of our partners in the fight against climate change. We wish you peace, health and safety.