Canfield: “The birds are like a canary in the coal mine. They’re already telling us that something’s happening.”

Large flock of birds

That’s Audubon’s Chris Canfield. He says even the relatively minor climate changes we’ve seen to-date have affected many bird species.

Canfield: “We have already seen birds moving north in terms of their migration and their wintering stays.”

The changes might appear to be inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, but birds depend on insects and plants to survive. With the climate changing so rapidly, the birds’ food and habitat might not adapt and move into new areas as quickly as our winged friends. Homeowners can help by planting trees and bushes that provide birds with what they need.

Canfield: “Native plants are shown to support bird species by a factor of 100 over non-native plant species. Non-native plants don’t have the kinds of bugs and things that birds need. So you plant native plants in your backyard, you’ll help the birds immediately.”

And Canfield says as more people get involved, their combined efforts will help support birds as the climate warms, and generate momentum for large-scale habitat conservation.

Birds (canaries in the coal mine) warning of changes. Click To Tweet

Canfield: “If we do work together we can make a difference, we can see positive results. We’ve set the stakes against birds really high, so we have to work extra hard now.”

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Topics: Species & Ecosystems