Published on March 7, 2018

The State of the Birds of Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 pm

Members: Free • Nonmembers: $4 

State of the Birds 2017 cover - Black-capped chickadee © Bill Thompson, USFWS
Black-capped chickadee © Bill Thompson, USFWS

Joan Walsh, Mass Audubon’s Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology, will present a slideshow and lecture about the current and predicted impact of climate change on birds species in Massachusetts. No preregistration is required. 

Mass Audubon’s report, State of the Birds 2017, focuses on what the future of the breeding birds of Massachusetts may be as the climate changes. With citizen science input, Project Managers & Content Editors Joan Walsh and Margo Servison used bird and climate data to determine the currently preferred climates of birds that nest in Massachusetts. They then used projections of what the future climate will be to estimate how each bird’s climate range will differ by the year 2050. 

The report encourages conservation actions that can help mitigate the worst effects of climate change, as well as help us provide refuge for the species most at risk.

Joan Walsh has been watching—and learning from—birds for 35 years and was the Director of Bird Monitoring at Mass Audubon from 2006-2017. During her career she has focused on research that has direct implications for bird conservation. This interest led to enlisting hundreds of citizen scientists for the creation of the highly regarded Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 2 and two previous versions of the State of the Birds of Massachusetts report. Joan has never met a bird she didn’t love.

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