How does climate change affect birds?
Warming temperatures are changing where birds live, the timing of their migration patterns and egg laying, and even the sizes and shapes of their bodies. Climate change will impact birds’ breeding and migratory seasons, which are often cued by temperature changes.
Indirectly, rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns affect birds’ ability to find food and reproduce, which over time impacts local populations. Global warming can change entire ecological communities. Food and nesting material that birds depend on may no longer be there. Birds may face new prey.
Research has shown that climate change affects birds both directly and indirectly. The distributions of birds are closely associated with both winter and summer temperatures, as well as precipitation patterns.
So how can we help? Individuals can support conservation organizations and initiatives, create bird-friendly habitats in their own backyard, and reduce their carbon footprint while advocating for sustainable practices.
By taking these actions, individuals can help mitigate the impacts of climate change on bird populations.
This excerpt is written by Julian Goldie. To read more of this article, visit https://vogelwunderland.de/how-does-climate-change-affect-birds/.