| U.S. Rep. Castor & Audubon Florida Sound Alarm on the Climate Crisis’ Impact on North American Birds
|U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14), Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, was joined by Audubon Florida Executive Director Julie Wraithmell and Tampa Audubon Society President Mary Keith in Tampa Tuesday to outline the Audubon’s projections for climate impacts to Florida’s birds and the urgent steps that need to be taken to protect them and us.
The National Audubon Society’s new report details the devastating effects the climate crisis will have on North American bird species- 389 American bird species are at risk for extinction if warming reaches 3 degrees Celsius. Florida species such as Black Skimmer, Wood Thrush, and Brown Pelican are among species facing extinction due to sea-level rise, wildfires, heatwaves, and urbanization.
“Just over the past few months, July was the hottest month on record for the planet, in history. Right here, in the Tampa Bay area, the month of October was our hottest October, ever, since they started keeping records. In fact, the Tampa Bay area set another unfortunate record, where we had more consecutive days over 70 degrees than ever before. That simply broke a record from 2018,” said Castor.
“We’re seeing very damaging sea-level rise, more intense tropical storms. So, it’s important that Audubon — along with many other organizations — is urging us to take action,” she concluded.