Interior’s ‘State of the Birds’ report highlights climate threats

The report looks at issues such as Hawaiian birds facing mosquito-borne diseases, and oceanic birds that face flooding in their island nests from sea level rise.

"For well over a century, migratory birds have faced stresses such as commercial hunting, loss of forests, the use of DDT and other pesticides, a loss of wetlands and other key habitat, the introduction of invasive species, and other impacts of human development," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a prepared statement. "Now they are facing a new threat – climate change – that could dramatically alter their habitat and food supply and push many species towards extinction."