Global Warming May Wipe Out California Birds

Birds native to the Golden State are heading north

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009  |  Updated 8:35 AM PDT
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Global Warming May Wipe Out California Birds

The news is most alarming for birds like the yellow-billed magpie, which exists only in California.

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Global warming is forcing birds to go north, and wiping out some species altogether, according to a new study.

California is poised to lose significant numbers of its native birds as global warming quickly shrinks their habitat. Researchers with the Audubon Society of California said Tuesday that more than 175 bird species in the U.S. are spending the winter farther north because of global warming.

Scientists in California are concerned that some species could be completely wiped out if they are not quick to adapt.

The news is most alarming for birds like the yellow-billed magpie, which exists only in California. The study finds that the species would lose about 75 percent of its range in the coming decades if nothing is done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

There is some good news, however. The study also suggests that significantly reducing greenhouse gasses while increasing  conservation could  greatly reduce the damage.
 

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