National Audubon has determined that 50% of birds will be threatened by the climate crisis within the current human lifetime. As our climate changes, the entire web of life must adapt or perish. If a flower blooms earlier due to increased temperatures, insects that depend on that flower must hatch earlier, and birds that consume those insects must arrive from their spring migration earlier. How much life’s web and the birds that are part of it will be able to adapt to this change is uncertain.
Dr. Wendy Schackwitz, co-author of California Birds In A Changing Climate, will explain the science behind Audubon’s findings and provide a set of actions that you can take to help climate-threatened birds. In an evening program she will discuss how Citizen Science projects such as Breeding Bird Surveys and Christmas Bird Counts were used to identify bird population trends. In a next-morning workshop she will train participants how to contribute to the research in our community. She will detail two new Citizen Science projects, Bird Seasons and Climate Watch.
Both programs will be held at the McConnell Foundation’s Headquarters at Lema Ranch, 800 Shasta View Drive. The evening presentation will take place on Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.
All meeting attendees will receive a free copy of Napa-Solano Audubon’s booklet, “California Birds in a Changing Climate”
The morning workshop for those wanting to conduct the actual citizen science projects will meet on Thursday, December 12th, 8am-noon.