Climate change is a serious threat to California birds. A recent report from the National Audubon Society, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, found that two-thirds of America’s birds are threatened with extinction from climate change. Under the most extreme projections, California could face temperature increases of more than six degrees Fahrenheit in winter and up to nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit in summer. The resulting changes in vegetation and habitat will mean that nearly half of California’s birds could lose a substantial part of their ranges as the climate warms. Some, including the Yellow-billed Magpie, are found nowhere else and could lose nearly all their range, ultimately even facing extinction.
Samantha Arthur, Working Lands Program Director at Audubon California, will discuss how Audubon is addressing the challenge of climate change in the Central Valley by protecting the habitats that birds will need now and into the future and partnering with agriculture to sequester carbon. By advocating for adequate water supplies for wetlands in the implementation of new groundwater management in the Central Valley, Audubon is building climate resiliency and habitat refugia in a climate stressed region. Audubon is also working with partners to demonstrate how farm practices can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon, while providing wildlife habitat.
Samantha Arthur is Working Lands Program Director for Audubon California, leading Audubon’s work with farmers and wetland managers in the Central Valley to increase the scope and scale of bird-friendly management practices and restoration. She also oversees Audubon California’s campaign to recover the Tricolored Blackbird, a colonial passerine that is nearly endemic to California. Samantha has been with Audubon since 2014. She has a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara and an undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College. Prior to Audubon, Samantha worked with the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts to support private lands stewardship across the state. She was also previously a Land Protection Specialist for the Big Sur Land Trust where she worked with landowners in Monterey County on conservation easements and land management.
The program starts at 7:30 p.m., but everyone is invited for refreshments and conversation at 7:00. We meet at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street in Davis.