Protecting Florida for the Future

Florida critical to birds at risk from climate change

Climate change will likely threaten the survival of half of North America’s birds in the coming decades and no place will play a more crucial role in saving them than Florida, the National Audubon Society said Monday after releasing a seven-year study.

Rising temperatures and changes in rainfall could shrink ranges for about 21 percent of the continent’s birds by as much as half by 2050, the report found. Of the 588 species examined, Audubon scientists found 314 risked sharp declines in population.