New Jersey may lose its state bird to climate change, environmental report says


RODRIGO TORREJON and ALEXIS SHANES / NORTHJERSEY.COM – New Jersey is in danger of losing its state bird — the goldfinch — during the summer, when its eponymous plumage is brightest, as climate change threatens to raise temperatures and drive the birds out, according to an environmental report.

Due to a projected global temperature increase of 3 degrees Celsius, the goldfinch could lose up to 100 percent of its summer range, causing the lemon-feathered bird to migrate out of New Jersey to escape the heat, says a report by the National Audubon Society.

The goldfinch, which was designated the official state bird in 1935, is one of 389 bird species that are threatened by climate change, the report said …

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