NORTHWOODS - Birds living in the Northwoods could be in serious danger.
A recent National Audubon Society report says climatic changes could threaten birds by the year 2080.
Scientists studied 588 bird species and more than half of those are facing trouble.
The study looks at the important climate needs each species requires to survive.
Included on that list are birds native to Northern Wisconsin.
"There are 33 birds on the list, that have lost 100 million in the breeding population just over the last 40 year," explained Marge Gibson with the Raptor Education Group, Inc. "So we're really looking at a situation where we have common birds, a northern bobwhite for instance, grasshopper sparrow, field sparrow and some of the others that we have here locally."
The common loon is also on the list.
The study says they could lose more than half of their habitat area if climate change continues at its current pace.
"Unfortunately as our population increases and we become more aware of them we also become more of a danger to them as we're going into their habitat and we're causing displacement of them and sometimes just causing them to be nervous or to get off the nest and therefore affecting their reproduction," said Gibson.
The best way to help is to increase conservation efforts.
"We need to be aware that they too can be gone and find out about them, become aware of where they nest and if there's a way that you can help and not be a hindrance to them that's really important and it will really go a long way in helping them," said Gibson. "Once they're gone, they're gone. And I think that's the thing that we hope that people take away from this report. That we can do something, but we do have to act. Conservation plays a huge role in that."
National Audubon Society Climate Report