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Birding and discussion: A conservation-oriented birding blog that emphasizes low-impact birding and sustainable birding practices together with the enjoyment of birds. Southeast Colorado offers a diversity of habitats which provide premiere birding opportunities. Save Sabal Palm

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Earth Day: birds imperilled by global climate change

Today is earth day, yet the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change portends terrible things to come due to human impacts. An Spiegal online special report on global climate change states, "Some 20 to 30 percent of all species face a "high risk of extinction" should average global temperatures rise another 1.5 to 2.5 degrees Celsius from their 1990 levels. That could happen by 2050, the report warns."

We are already seeing some of those effects in Colorado. Snow melt occurs 3 weeks early now which has serious effects on water availability since most municiple and agricultural water comes from snow. That also impacts the amount of snow in high forested areas, causing them to dry out and increasing the risk of catastropic forest fires. These remove large swaths of habitat for many bird and other species.

We all have an obligation to take action to avert worse effects. Here is the Earth Day website that lists some options of things you can do to help. Remember-if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. Be part of the solution and help birds survive.


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