Common LoonThe National Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Change Report should give us all deep cause for concern. The findings are heartbreaking: Nearly half of the bird species in the United States will be seriously threatened by 2080, and any of those could disappear forever.

For the first time, Audubon scientists have analyzed decades of historical bird and climate data to understand how 588 species of North American birds will fare as the climate changes. More than half of species studied (including the Bald Eagle and nine U.S. state birds, from Idaho to Maryland) are at serious risk – some are forecast to lose more than 95 percent of their current ranges.

While some species will be able to adapt to shifting climates, many of North America’s most familiar and iconic species will not. The national symbol of the United States, the Bald Eagle, could see its current summer range decrease by nearly 75% in the next 65 years. The Common Loon, icon of the north and state bird of Minnesota, may no longer be able to breed in the lower 48 states by 2080.

The study predicts that 314 North American bird species face the risk of extinction before the end of this century. They have separated those 314 species into two groups: climate threatened (may lose over 50% of its range by 2080) and climate endangered (may lose over 50% of its range by 2050).

American Avocet

Ten birds that could lose 99% or more of their current range by 2080:

Rufous Hummingbird Male

Some bird species will be able to adapt to new climatic conditions, but certainly not all. And while many people assume that climate change will simply shift habitats farther north or to higher elevations, for the 126 climate-endangered species, including the Burrowing Owl, their climatic ranges are not only shifting but also dramatically shrinking. If we stay on our current carbon-spewing path, some of those species may have nowhere to go.

Burrowing Owl Family

We do have hope. This science is a very serious warning, but we know that birds are resilient and that people have and can again come together to create significant positive change. And that’s what we’ve got to do – band together and build a brighter future for ourselves and our birds, drawing on our American ingenuity and determination.

In order to give our birds a chance, we need to do two things: Let’s protect the places on the ground that we know birds will need today and in the future, and let’s work together to reduce the severity of global warming.

Go to the Audubon Climate Report page to see what you can do to help protect birds.

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Stop Killing WolvesOne member of the Huckleberry Wolf Pack in Stevens County Washington confirmed killed. A press release from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) which stated “Personnel from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continued their effort today to find and remove up to four wolves from a pack that has killed at least 22 sheep from a flock grazing in southern Stevens County. A federal wildlife agent contracted by WDFW killed one wolf on Saturday.”

The press release continues “Early on Saturday evening, August 23 (2014), a marksman from the Wildlife Services division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, contracted by WDFW, killed one member of the pack from a helicopter.”

Nate Pamplin, WDFW wildlife program director said the situation meets all of the conditions for lethal removal established in the department’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and related procedures: “There have been repeated, documented wolf kills; non-lethal methods have not stopped the predation; the attacks are likely to continue; and the livestock owner has not done anything to attract the wolves.”

The livestock owner in question is David Dashiell, President of the Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW). Remember the killing of the Wedge Pack almost exactly two years ago in the same area because of Bill McIrvine, owner of the Diamond M Ranch? Here is a photo (left to right: CPoW President Dave Dashiell, Kelly Fogarty of U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, CPoW member Jim Wentland and Diamond M co-owner Justin Hedrick) Another member of his clan is Don Dashiell, Board Member of the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) and Stevens County Commissioner!

This is a group of folks that would prefer to have all wolves eliminated. And Mr. Pamplin of the WDFW states that the livestock owner has not done anything to attract the wolves? How about running 1800 sheep into the wolves territory? It seems to me that if you wanted to attract some wolves, putting 1800 defenseless sheep in front of them would do a pretty good job of that!

According to the Timber Wolf Information Network “All of the details are still not clear, but the rancher’s sheep herder had apparently quit some weeks before the incident, and the sheep were thus unattended some or all of the time. The rancher does have four guard dogs. Nine additional sheep were killed earlier in the month, but were discovered too late to determine the cause of death.” In other words, David Dashiell was not using non-lethal methods of predator control when the initial killings occurred, otherwise, as the DWFW report states, the “10 other sheep that died earlier and had decomposed to the point they could not be confirmed as wolf kills” would have been discovered.

According to a comment from one of my readers on the Wedge Pack fiasco, David Dashiell is an admitted wolf hater. My reader wrote “There is a much bigger political and personal force than small time rancher McIrvine (rancher causing the extermination of the Wedge Pack) at work here. It is the President of the Stevens County Cattleman’s Association, Dave Dashiell. Check out the EWG website for his family’s history of subsidies (millions in the last decade alone!). He has been belligerent, threatening and intimidating to WDFW about wolves before they were even documented to be here, and threatened to derail the Wolf Management plan if it were implemented.”

Washington State Wolf Pack Map

For us to believe that David Dashiell did not know the location of this wolf pack is shear folly. The WDFW has maps that show exactly where they are and David’s brother Don is on the Wolf Advisory Group! Plus the alpha male of the pack is collared.

Non-lethal methods of predator control are well documented. As a matter of fact, Defenders of Wildlife have a publication on the subject titled “Livestock and Wolves: A Guide to Nonlethal Tools and Methods to Reduce Conflicts” giving anyone who cares to do the right thing all the information they need to avoid livestock predation.

You can see a copy of the letter sent to Phil Anderson, Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife by a group of organizations concerned about his order authorizing the killing of four wolves from the Huckleberry Pack.

This pack has an estimated 12 members. Killing four of them (33%) would decimate the pack, and for what. The killing of 20 domestic sheep, constituting about 1% of the herd of 1800?

Another article by Rich Landers for the Spokemans Review can be seen here.

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Mountain Chickadees Showing Off at 10000 Birds

August 27, 2014
Mountain Chickadee Nestling

Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) photo by Larry Jordan Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds on the Mountain Chickadee. It includes several photos of the adult birds as they come in to feed the nestling pictured above. I also included a HD YouTube Video showing great close ups of this […]

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The World Loses an Exceptional Comedian and a Compassionate Human Being

August 12, 2014
Robin Williams

To quote Eric Deggans from his NPR piece this morning: “For many years, Robin Williams seemed like a talent who had no off switch. From his standup comedy work to TV roles to talk show appearances to Oscar-caliber movies and performances on Broadway, Williams was a dervish of comedy — tossing off one-liners, biting asides […]

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The Conspicuous Steller’s Jay at 10000 Birds

July 30, 2014
Steller's Jay

Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) photo by Larry Jordan Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post on the Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) seen at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Did you like this? Share it:

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The Eurasian Collared-Dove Explosion at 10000 Birds

July 23, 2014
Eurasian Collared-Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) photo by Larry Jordan Invasive species week is happening at 10000 Birds! Make sure to check out my latest post on the Eurasian Collared-Dove and see how quickly this species is spreading across North America. Did you like this? Share it:

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Portrait of the Juvenile Acorn Woodpecker

July 13, 2014
Acorn Woodpecker Juvenile

Acorn Woodpecker Juvenile (Melanerpes formicivorus) photo by Larry Jordan Acorn Woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus) nest on my property here in Northern California. They are conspicuous, gregarious and a joy to watch. Click on photos for full sized images. This woodpecker is a cooperative breeder and lives in family groups of up to a dozen or more […]

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Violet-green Swallows Nesting on My Bluebird Trail

June 18, 2014
Violet-green Swallow Male

Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) Male photo by Larry Jordan Don’t miss my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds! There are photographs of Violet-green Swallows, and their eggs and nestlings too. There is also a video I shot of the parent birds going in and out of the nest box. Did you […]

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EXPOSED – USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife

June 4, 2014
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The United States Department of Agriculture’s “Wildlife Services” is a rogue organization that kills over 100,000 native predators and millions of birds each year, including Endangered Species. This killing agency is supported by tens of millions of our tax dollars each year. You can view an interactive graphic showing the number and variety of animals […]

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Join the Conversation on the Duck Stamp and the Lack of Funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System Over at 10000 Birds

May 21, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Stamp Fox Kit

The National Wildlife Refuge system is one of America’s greatest treasures. It preserves habitat, protects wildlife. and provides diverse nature experiences for visitors from around the world. See what other birders, wildlife photographers and conservationists have to say about creating an addition income stream for our National Wildlife Refuge System and leave your enlightened comments […]

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Celebrate Earth Day 2014

April 21, 2014
Earth Day 2014

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Read about how Earth Day Became a Global […]

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Modoc National Wildlife Refuge Post at the Wildlife Conservation Stamp Blog

April 14, 2014
Sunrise at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge

Sunrise at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge (Click on photo for full sized image) Do you love National Wildlife Refuges? America’s National Wildlife Refuge System is the world’s largest network of protected areas dedicated to wildlife conservation. For more than a century, the refuge system has been integral to bringing species such as the whooping crane […]

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Sandhill Crane Migration Is Underway at 10000 Birds

March 26, 2014
Sandhill Crane at Modoc National Wildlfe Refuge

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge photo by Larry Jordan Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are migrating back northward to their breeding grounds. I photographed this crane and his mate at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge about a month ago and will be writing a post for the Wildlife Conservation Stamp blog soon on […]

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Dinosaur Scientists Call It the Chicken From Hell

March 20, 2014
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Illustration by Mark Klingler/Carnegie Museum of Natural History What does a 500 pound chicken with five inch claws eat? Whatever it wants! Matt Lamanna, the top dinosaur scientist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, calls the creature Anzu wyliei. Apparently paleontologists have been trying to figure out what animal a collection of bizarre bones belongs […]

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