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Climate change threatens New Mexico birds – Chron.com

Climate change threatens New Mexico birds – Chron.com

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A National Audubon Society study says 50 bird species in New Mexico are being threatened by climate change.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/1sRQGxl) Sunday that the study says New Mexico birds at risk include the Bullock’s oriole, the prairie falcon, the pinyon jay and the mallard duck.

The national study looked at 40 years of climate data and bird records from the U.S. Geological Survey. It says more than half of 588 North American bird species will face population decline or move into uncharted territory over the next 60 years.

According to the report, New Mexicans will warmer temperatures and drought will lead to habitat loss.

Audubon New Mexico director Carol Beidleman says the study shows climate change is the “number one threat” for birds.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com


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