How many states will lose their state birds?

Just because they’re designated as state birds doesn’t mean they’ll be in their states in a century. “As the planet warms and birds across the country relocate to escape the heat, at least eight states could see their state birds largely or entirely disappear from within their borders during the summer,” writes the New York Times. The article is based on a recent Audubon study that looked at how climate change is expected to affect birds’ ranges. Among the state bird’s expected to lose all or most of their state ranges by the end of the century are Pennsylvania’s ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus), Minnesota’s common loon (Gavia immer) and New Jersey’s goldfinch (Spinus tristis).

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Header Image: As the climate changes, some state birds, like Pennsylvania’s ruffed grouse, may lose their ranges in the states that adopted them. ©David Mitchell