Study Shows Two-Thirds Of Ohio Bird Species Vulnerable To Climate Change

Oct 11, 2019

Scarlet Tanager
Credit Audubon Great Lakes

A new report shows climate change could eradicate two thirds of the bird species now prevalent in Ohio by the end of the century. 

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has details.





Marnie Urso, the Policy Director for Audubon Great Lakes, says its new report shows many birds are threatened by warmer weather, changing rainfall patterns and more intense storms. She says that includes the red-headed woodpecker, wood thrush and a striking songbird.


“The scarlet tanager which is a bright beautiful bird you find in the forest that breeds here in the summer – 91% of its range is potentially going to be lost if we don’t act now.”


The report says keeping down global temperatures could help three quarters of those threatened birds. Urso says the key to preventing the extinction is to rely more on clean energy, reduce carbon pollution and protect wetlands.