Report looks at health of grassland birds

A western meadowlark. ©John and Karen Hollingsworth/USFWS

A study by the Audubon Society found 42% of grassland birds are highly vulnerable to climate change. For many species, the areas they currently occupy will likely change dramatically, the report found, and their ability to move elsewhere may not compensate for the landscapes they lose.

The North American Grasslands & Birds Report identifies the birds believed to be most vulnerable to climate change, “climate strongholds” where they’re projected to be able to survive rising temperatures and sites that could be lost to land conversion.

Read the report here.