Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 State of the Birds Report on Climate Change [Extra, Extra!]

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released the 2010 State of the Birds report, the first assessment of the vulnerability of our nation’s birds to climate change. The analysis of nearly 800 bird species shows that climate change is predicted to disrupt birds in every habitat, with seabirds and Hawaiian birds among the most vulnerable.

“Birds are excellent indicators of the health of our environment, and right now they are telling us an important story about climate change,” said Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg, director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “Many species of conservation concern will face heightened threats, giving us an increased sense of urgency to protect and conserve vital bird habitat.”

The report highlights conservation initiatives and partnerships needed to advance conservation efforts, and discusses how climate change affects birds in every habitat, based on an analysis by a team of scientists from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, and others.

Visit for the full story, or jump right to the News Release for the key findings.

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