Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report, published in September 2014, confirmed that climate change is the single greatest threat to North American birds. Seven years in the making, the report warns that 314 North American bird species could lose more than half of their current ranges by 2080 due to rising temperatures. For those of us who care deeply about birds, from the Wood Thrush in eastern forests to the Burrowing Owl in western grasslands, this is a warning call that demands urgent action. The situation is indeed dire—more than half of bird species on the continent are at risk—but there are reasons for hope. By identifying which birds are most sensitive to climate change and where those changes are most likely to occur, this research provides a roadmap for future conservation and advocacy efforts.
Professor Alan Clark has researched the ecology of multiple penguin species, including Magellanic, Little Blue, and African Penguins. In this presentation, Dr. Clark will provide background information on the natural history of penguins as well as briefly introduce the general topic of climate change. The primary focus of his talk will be how climate change is impacting penguin species worldwide and help explain the complexity of how climate change and penguin populations intersect.
In 2009, Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon was one of two founding members of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, which was formed to save Plum Island, situated off the North Fork of Long Island, from being sold to the highest bidder. This beautiful island, an Audubon designated Important Bird Area, is a critical stopover site and breeding ground used by approximately 220 species, including endangered and threatened bird species. This virtual tour of Plum Island uses new imagery by photographer Robert Lorentz to illustrate the uniqueness and beauty of this important wildlife habitat. While efforts to protect Plum Island has been gaining momentum, the fight is far from over!
Falconry is the sport of hunting with the use of a trained bird of prey. This ancient sport dates back nearly 4,000 years ago. Greatly popular in Europe during medieval times, falconry was a favorite past time and a status symbol of the upper classes, and the practice maintained its popularity until somewhere around the French Revolution. Some famous falconers in history include Empress Catherine of Russian, Mary, Queen of Scots (proving that falconry was just as much a ladies sport as a man’s!), King Henry VIII, Pope Leo X and the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen.