Audubon Volunteers in the Great Lakes Area Participate in Winter 2021 Climate Watch

For a few more days people across the Great Lakes region are tallying vulnerable bird species as part of Audubon’s twice-a-year Climate Watch. In Indiana specifically, Audubon says rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns are threatening 27 percent of the state’s 208 bird species like the Red-headed Woodpecker and Scarlet Tanager. Kim Ehn, president of the Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society and Climate Watch coordinator in Porter, has seen interest in the program grow over the past three years with more and more volunteers taking interest each year.  Volunteers have been donning their binoculars and fanning across the Great Lakes in search of five specific species: Eastern Bluebird, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, and Eastern Towhee. These bird species were selected because they are easy to identify, and Audubon’s climate models for these species offer strong predictions for range shifts for Audubon scientists to test. This year’s effort runs from January 15th through February 15th. Climate Watch is a National Audubon Society community science program that occurs across North America over two distinct thirty-day periods each year, in the winter non-breeding and in the summer breeding season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all participants in the Winter 2021 survey period must follow these guidelines to safely conduct the survey. Here’s a link for more information.