Climate and Birds in California

Featuring Mike Lynes
Thursday, November 18  — 7 p.m. via Zoom

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North America’s bird populations have declined by approximately 3 billion birds since 1970 and two-thirds of North America’s bird species are at even greater risk of extinction due to climate change (

During this presentation, Mike Lynes, Director of Public Policy for Audubon California will discuss the threats to birds from climate change and how Audubon is working with chapters, allies, and decision-makers to implement climate-smart policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, responsibly develop renewable energy, and build more resilient communities of birds and people. Mike will discuss how nature-based climate solutions and policies like California’s “”30 by 30” initiative will expand parks, open spaces, wetlands, and coastal areas to meet climate goals and benefit people and birds.

About Our Speaker

Mike Lynes is the Director of Public Policy for Audubon California, where he oversees statewide policy and legislation for the National Audubon Society. Prior to joining Audubon California, Mike was the Conservation Director for the Golden Gate Bird Alliance from 2008 to 2012 and its Executive Director in 2013. Mike was a field ornithologist and conservation biologist with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now Point Blue Conservation Science) before attending law school at UC Hastings in San Francisco. Mike now lives in Davis, California with his wife Justine, their sons Jack and Charlie.

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