By James Pero For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:51 BST, 10 October 2019 | Updated: 18:18 BST, 10 October 2019
New research is portending even more bad news for bird species in North America.
In a report published by the National Audubon Society on Wednesday, researchers say that 389 of the 604 species assessed in the study - 64 percent of the varieties analyzed - will be at either a moderate to high risk of extinction if the Earth continues on its projected path of warming 3 degrees Celsius by 2100.
Among the perils for avian species across the continent would be increased wildfires, springtime heat, and heavy rainfall fueled by climate change, they found.
Endangered species include some of the most common birds found in North America, like the American Robin, the American Goldfinch, Saltmarsh Sparrow, the and the Oriole.
Hundreds of species of bird in North America will be at risk of extinction of temperatures continue to rise says a new report
The study - published in Conservation Science and Practice using more than 70 data sources plus 140 million bird records - suggests that if warming trends continue, birds won't be the only species at risk.
Birds are what's known as a 'sentinel species' meaning their health can generally be extrapolated to suss out the health of an overall environment.
In other words, if the birds are in rough shape, the environment, and other species that live in it, likely are as well.
'Birds are important indicator species, because if an ecosystem is broken for birds, it is or soon will be for people too,' said Brooke Bateman, Ph.D., the senior climate scientist for the National Audubon Society in a statement.
'When I was a child, my grandmother introduced me to the Common Loons that lived on the lake at my grandparent’s home in northern Wisconsin.
Those loons are what drive my work today and I can’t imagine them leaving the U.S.