Fewer birds in North Bay skies

Sep 18, 2014

  Climate change and habitat loss are threatening the survival of hundreds of North American bird species. And local birding observers say, the numbers of numerous familiar birds are already visibly declining in the North Bay’s skies.

The annual Christmas bird counts, including Sonoma Birding's version of the event for kids, provide key data for tracking the decline of various bird species across North America.
Credit Sonoma Birding

  The Pacific flyway along the North coast is a vital corridor for many larger birds of prey, but Susan Kirks, past president of the Madrone Audubon Society, says that as a group, they are among the most threatened species that traverse this region.

Climate change is posing a double whammy this year, adds Kirks, with drought compounding the long-term impacts.