Climate Watch – National and Flagstaff

Climate Watch

Climate Watch National Report

See https://www.audubon.org/climate-watch-results for detailed information with visual aids.

You may note that on the map on the website, you can’t generate reports for Northern Arizona Audubon Society or for the state of Arizona. Our surveys are on there, but the reports haven’t been generated yet for all of the participants from summer 2018. The good news is, this is because the Climate Watch Program has grown, and over 10,700 surveys were completed in 2018! Here’s a breakdown of some of the results so far, but there’s more information on the website.

Participation & Growth of the Climate Watch Program

2016
-surveys included 3 bluebird species
-12 groups participated
-200+ participants
-2,000 surveys

2017
-4 species of nuthatch added to target species
-39 groups participated
-400+ participants
-6,700 surveys

2018
-58 groups participated (as well as individuals)
-730+ participants
-10,700 surveys

This is very promising growth, and yielding valuable data!

2019 Updates

-new species will be added to target species
-new online data submission form will be added

Results (so far) by Species
These charts represent the preliminary trends that have been revealed over these first three years of Climate Watch surveys.

? = not enough data to detect any significant trends
– = bird species is not leaving worsening habitat or moving into improving habitat for the given season
+ = bird species is leaving worsening habitat and moving into improving habitat for the given season
sun symbol = summer
snowflake symbol = winter

Once more seasons have passed and more data has been collected, Audubon can be more certain of the trends they’re seeing for particular bird species, and begin to figure out why some birds might be moving with the impacts of climate change and why some are not. This could possibly enable us to identify and remove obstacles to species having difficulty adapting to climate change.

Climate Watch – Flagstaff (NAAS) Report

Climate Watch—Flagstaff 2018 Summer Survey Results

THANK YOU to all of our volunteers!

As a reminder of how surveys were conducted, we had teams of one to three people survey 10km x 10km squares, establishing 12 survey points within each square to survey for White-breasted Nuthatches (WBNUs), a species identified by the Audubon Society to be at risk for losing a significant amount of habitat due to climate change. Each survey point was surveyed for five minutes, while observers remained stationary, looking and listening for WBNUs. All 12 points in a survey square were completed within one morning or evening.

White-breasted Nut Hatch

Photo by Amy Zimmermann

Survey Squares Completed:  13, among 4 regions (Flagstaff, Mormon Lake, Sedona, and Grand Canyon)

Total Volunteer Surveyors:  19

White-breasted Nuthatches Detected:  51

Breakdown by Area:
-Flagstaff Region—36 WBNUs, 8 squares
-Mormon Lake Region—13 WBNUs, 2 squares
-Sedona Region—0 WBNUs, 2 squares
-Grand Canyon Region—2 WBNUs, 1 square

Detections were fairly evenly split between audio and visual.

 

Interesting Notes

Squares F2, F5, and ML4 were the richest survey areas with 8 or more detections in each square, accounting for 29 of the total detections.

Most squares yielded only a few detections.

All detections were in survey squares that are expected to improve in habitat quality as climate change progresses.