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Birds and Climate Change: Ecological Disruption in Progress

Purple Finch | Photo by Ashok Khosla

Our February 2009 Birds and Climate report clearly shows that climate change is affecting birds – and our world – now. For the past 40 years, as our climate has warmed, birds have shifted their winter ranges further and further north. This ecological disruption is yet another wake up call that we must act quickly to solve the climate crisis. The birds' northward movement is another signal that climate change is here and action is needed now.

We need global warming legislation that will help birds and wildlife survive what is coming by protecting their habitats and will reduce global warming pollution 80 percent by 2050 to avoid the worst impacts of a rapidly changing climate. Tell your lawmakers where you stand on global warming by signing our petition.

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Dear Member of Congress:

Birds are early indicators of environmental health and they are telling us our climate is changing. A recent National Audubon Society report on birds and climate revealed that 58 percent of the species studied have shifted their winter ranges north. Some have traveled hundreds of miles beyond their traditional boundaries.

This latest story of ecological disruption is yet another call to action. We cannot afford further delay. I ask you to support strong legislation to:

* Reduce global warming pollution 80 percent by 2050;
* Repower America by moving us toward a 100 percent clean energy future;
* Reduce our dependence on oil by half;
* Invest in the clean energy economy of tomorrow; and
* Help birds, wildlife and ecosystems adapt.

The time to act is now, before it is too late. The cost of inaction will be high in both dollars and a diminished world. It would be a shame if we leave our children and grandchildren with fewer birds to grace our skies and less wildlife to enjoy.

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