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Survival by Degrees: 389 Species on the Brink (10/10/2019)

Two thirds of North America Birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperature rise.

Audubon scientists took advantage of 140 million observations, recorded by birders and scientists, to describe where 604 North American bird species live today—an area known as their “range.” They then used the latest climate models to project how each species’s range will shift as climate change and other human impacts advance across the continent.

The results are clear: Birds will be forced to relocate to find favorable homes. And they may not survive.

Click here to read about the results of this latest update to Audubon’s 2014 Climate Change Report.

Scroll down and find the Birds and Climate Visualizer within the report, then enter your zip code where you will go to a page that provides specific data on vulnerable birds in your county.


North America Has Lost More Than 1 in 4 Birds in Last 50 Years, New Study Says (9/19/2019)

Across the continent, numbers have plummeted, even among common species. In less than a single lifetime, North America has lost more than one in four of its birds, according to a report in the world’s leading scientific journal.

Published in Science by researchers at seven institutions, the findings show that 2.9 billion breeding adult birds have been lost since 1970, including birds in every ecosystem.

Read what’s behind the declines and how you can help make a bird-friendly planet by taking 7 simple actions.


Helen Engle 1926-2019

by Ken Wiersema

Helen Engle

It is with great respect and sadness that we note the passing of Helen Engle. She has been since our inception, an ardent supporter of OPAS and the River Center. She championed our visions and achievements as a member of the National Audubon Board and of the Washington State Board, and saw to it that our resource needs were met during some fragile periods.  She earned respect as an environmentalist who built coalitions and consensus among elected leaders, governmental agencies, environmental NGOs, and Tribal communities.  Her accomplishments remain numerous and long-lasting.  I had the privilege of serving with her on the State Board and on a study team to reestablish the Audubon Washington State office. She will long be remembered with fondness and admiration for her determination and commitment to protecting our natural world.


Watch this wonderful video by filmmaker John Gussman.

Restoring the Dungeness Estuary

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Dungeness River Audubon Center—An Invitation to help “Inspire Wonder”

The Dungeness River Audubon Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a capital campaign to expand the building and create better access to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Railroad Bridge Park near Sequim. Thanks to the partnership between the Center, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe; we’re more than halfway to our fundraising goal of $3M.

We were recently awarded a “last-in” $300K grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust – which means we won’t get the money if we can’t complete the rest of the campaign. If you’ve been one of the thousands of people who have visited the Center and Park, for BirdFest or otherwise, we hope you’ll consider making a gift to help us meet this challenge.

View a video to see the Center and Park and how they interact with visitors…and contribute through the website at For more specific questions, please contact Center Director Powell Jones at 360-681-4076.


Welcome to Sound Escapes, a new podcast production from BirdNote.

Gordon Hempton, known as an acoustic ecologist, and BirdNote have teamed up to bring you a unique audio experience called Sound Escapes. Start listening by clicking on this link.