The mission of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is to provide opportunities to enjoy and learn about birds and other wildlife and to promote conservation and restoration of the habitats that support them.
Every winter since 1900 the National Audubon Society has sponsored the Christmas Bird Count or CBC. CBCs now take place across the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and beyond. Last year's CBC involved over 2400 counting groups including over 60,000 individuals whose counts totaled over 68 million birds. These yearly bird counts feed what is perhaps the largest citizen science database in the world.
The cumulative bird counts are being used to specify winter bird distributions and the "climate space" in which many of our bird species exist. Last year, National Audubon released "The Audubon Report" focusing on 588 North American bird species and the likely impact of rising temperatures. A shocking 126 North American bird species are projected to lose 50% of their existing ranges to climate change by 2050; another 188 birds could lose half their current range by 2080. Like the canary in the mine, bird data from the CBC are being used to foretell our collective future.