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Global climate change presents one of the biggest threats to our wildlife and habitat in Maine. Increasingly, warmer and shorter winters affect many of our iconic species, such as moose, lynx and our state bird, the Black-capped Chickadee.
Research from National Audubon has found that nearly 60% of the 305 bird species in North America have shifted their ranges northward by an average of 35 miles. Warmer stream temperatures threaten Maine’s native brook trout and endangered Atlantic salmon, and sea level rise will erode our state’s coastal habitats, affecting endangered birds like the Piping Plover and Least Tern.
Maine Audubon works to understand the current and future impacts of climate change on wildlife and habitat in Maine so that we can advocate for effective conservation policies. This work is carried out through research, conservation projects and citizen science initiatives.
Each year, Maine Audubon reviews every bill proposed to our lawmakers and follow legislation that affects wildlife and habitat. In 2014, we advocated for bills that promote solar energy investment, study the effects of ocean acidification on marine species and provide funding to protect our lakes, among others.
Our on-the-ground conservation work and citizen-science initiatives help us identify conservation strategies to help wildlife and habitat adapt to climate change. Programs such as Wildlife Road Watch and Stream-Smart improve habitat connections for wildlife, while our Maine Loon Project and Maine Amphibian Monitoring Projects tracks long-term population trends of wildlife species. Visit our Wildlife & Habitat page for a full list of programs.
View our library of conservation guides, reports and studies. Our most recent studies look at the effects of wind power on Maine’s wildlife and habitat and strategies for conserving Maine’s wildlife in the face of climate change.