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National Audubon Society


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Article
  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine

How Climate Change Will Affect Birds in Maine

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  • This article is filled with interactive maps and graphs, data, and colorful images that show the vulnerability of bird species in Maine with different levels of warming.
  • It also discusses the number of species at risk by ecosystem type, climate policies, and the risks that may put humans and birds in danger throughout the state.
  • This article shows that multiple species will be highly vulnerable to statewide extinction if global temperatures increase by a 3 degrees Celsius.
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive media is colorful and easy to understand.
  • This article has a section showing Maine's climate policy.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand how increases in global average temperatures can affect animals and plants.
  • If students want to learn about other states, they should scroll down to the "Search Another Location" section.


  • This resource could supplement a lesson about the importance of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.
  • This resource could augment a classroom discussion on the strategies humans could employ to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
  • This resource could enhance a classroom discussion on the Maine government's effectiveness at dealing with climate change.
  • This resource could support a classroom discussion where students compare different states by their climate risks.
  • Younger students could compare the number of threatened species with 1.5 degrees warming vs. 3 degrees warming and then select a bird to learn about that is threatened with extinction.
Scientist Notes
This resource provided by the National Audubon Society gives a listing of 187 birds of Maine. 135 are vulnerable to the changing climate conditions. The website provides options to switch between varying warming scenarios, choose different vulnerabilities, or different seasons. Different birds can be chosen to view the effects on that species. Excellent interactive graphs and infographics are provided. This resource is very well researched and would provide excellent learning opportunities to a classroom discussing the effects of changing climate on bird species.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
      • RI.11-12.3 Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.
  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-6. Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • HS-LS4-5. Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
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