Lynsy Smithson-Stanley is the Deputy Director of Climate & Strategic Initiatives.
Over time and across cultures, birds have sent us warning signals about the health of our environment. Never has their message been more urgent: Birds are telling us climate change is here, and it threatens birds worldwide.
You can help climate-threatened birds right now by speaking up for them on Facebook and Twitter.
Research shows that climate change poses grave risks to birds around the globe, and those impacts will intensify as warming continues. For instance:
Disappearing sea ice is already making it harder for Emperor Penguins to find food and raise their chicks.
For mountain-dwelling birds like the Resplendent Quetzal, rising temperatures are driving birds to higher altitudes, which can create more competition for food and suitable habitat.
Changes in temperature and rainfall could make it harder for the Hyacinth Macaw and other rainforest birds.
As world leaders come together next week to take collective action on global warming, it’s important that people who love birds speak up for them.
Take two minutes right now, and give birds your voice:
Deputy Director, Climate & Strategic Initiatives
National Audubon Society
From top: Hyacinth Macaw. Photo: Michael Fitzsimmons/iStock. Camilla Cerea/Audubon