The hummingbird is a bird of wonder, weighing less than an ounce and possessing a territorial nature with the ability to chase larger birds, like hawks, away from their domain. But these colorful and ethereal birds are in trouble.
Hummingbirds and hundreds of other species of birds are becoming increasingly threatened due to environmental and weather conditions affecting migration. Climate change is becoming a more immediate problem than ever before, producing a shift in weather patterns and temperatures.
A seven-year study published by the National Audubon Society warns of the rising threat of climate change affecting bird migration factors. The study reports a significant northern shift of migratory patterns of 588 different species of North American birds due to climate change.
Hummingbirds, specifically the Allen’s hummingbird and the Rufous hummingbird, and various other birds, may be classified as endangered, or threatened, due to loss of habitat and food. Because they are migrating further north, their opportunities to find food and other mating birds, are being decreased.
Historically, these environmental shifts affecting bird migration factors took tens of thousands of years, but similar results can be seen in the next century, according to David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society, in an interview with NPR.
Hummingbirds — all birds, in fact — can benefit from your direct action. Here are a few ideas on what you can do:
Hummingbirds and other migratory birds do not have to suffer from climate change affecting environmental conditions. We have the power to defy these effects.
What have you done in your community to preserve bird migration factors? Tell us in the comments!
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