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This great horned owl in Oklahoma stars live for adoring fans on the Internet at the Ustream page for Alessondra's OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam.
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The National Audubon Society has released the Audubon Birds and Climate Report, a study that predicts how climate change could affect the ranges of 588 North American bird species, mapping where each bird's ideal climatic range will be in the future. The Society found that 314 of the species it studied will lose at least 50 percent of their present climatic range by 2080. Following are a few of the bird species thought by the Society to be at risk from climatic changes, as well as how much of their breeding and wintering ranges they could lose toward the middle and latter part of the century. Shown here is the brown pelican. The oversized coastal waters resident is a terrific flier, despite its gangly look. It's projected by Audubon's climate models to lose 54 percent of its current non-breeding range by 2080.Riddle of Early Bird Migration Cracked
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The common loon will have just 25 percent of its non-breeding season range and 44 percent of its breeding range remaining by 2080. Audubon says it's "all but certain" that Minnesota will lose its iconic summer bird by century's end.Great Tits Built to Survive Climate Change?
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By 2080, the Allen's Hummingbird will lose 90 percent of its current breeding range, Audubon predicts.Poop Stains Reveal Penguins Migrate With Climate
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The great symbol of America, the bald eagle, will lose 74 percent of its breeding territory by 2080, although Audubon suggests it may be able to recover a high percentage of its breeding range if it can use new areas created by the shifting climate.Warming Ocean Puts Puffins in Peril
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The northern shoveler, which is spread out widely across North America, could see a boost of more than 60 percent of its winter range in future climates, but the open wetlands duck could also lose about half of its present breeding range.Some Animals Win, Most Lose as Southwest Warms
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Climate changes could cost the daytime-active burrowing owl more than 70 percent of its breeding range and 67 percent of its winter range. It's already in trouble, thanks to agricultural practices that have taken prairie dogs and ground squirrels out of the equation, leaving the owl without use of their ready-made burrows.
The striking yellow-billed magpie stands to lose 64 percent of its current breeding range and 89 percent of its non-breeding range by 2080, Audubon’s models predict. It likes old oak trees for nesting, so much will depend on how those trees fare in the changing climate.Blue-Footed Boobies Declining in the Galapagos
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While Audubon predicts that the coastal areas of Texas, Louisiana, and the Bahamas will increase in habitability for the piping plover, other areas will decrease, and the shorebird could lose nearly 30 percent of its non-breeding range by 2080.
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Ospreys will lose 36 percent of their breeding season range by 2080. The fish-eating raptor is distributed widely throughout the world today and has expanded its ability to live all year in states such as Florida, but it's not clear what future climates will do to its ability to find enough food in its expanded range.Do Urban Birds Breed Faster?
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The Greater Sage-Grouse, with its fanned-out tail, stands to lose 71 percent of its breeding range by 2080 and 92 percent in the non-breeding season, according to Audubon.
An owl dubbed "Mrs. Tiger" is causing a stir on the Internet these days. She has been starring in a live cam feed trained on her nest and her collection of three eggs, laid in early January.
The feed, "Alessondra's OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam," was set up by a family of four in Oklahoma whose upper-story planter's box has been commandeered by Mrs. T. for the last six years for her annual egg-laying and nesting needs.
The family has maintained the live owl feed for several years, and it's addictive fun for viewers, just wondering what will happen next. A great moment could happen at any time, such as when the first of Mrs. T.'s three egg hatched on Feb. 10.
The video directly below, from an Alessondra OKC fan on Youtube, documents the new baby, named Java, being fed for the first time, when Mrs. T. brought home some food for the newbie. Watching the little ball of fluff flip and flop around while mom is gone makes for a stunning sight.
Of course, this being the Internet, there are plenty of other live cams available for fans of winged creatures such as eagles, falcons, herons, and ospreys, just to name a few.
For example, Cornell's Lab of Ornithology maintains a dozen cams featuring owls, kestrels, ospreys, hawks, and even an albatross.
And Discovery's own Animal Planet, meanwhile, has its own live bird feeder cam keeping an eye on some feathered friends in the Northern Virginia suburbs.
Eagle fans, for their part, can turn to the Southwest Florida Eagle cam channel on Youtube. It live-streams the comings and goings of a pair of bald eagles and the nest they call home. Seen just above is the current stream. You can check the channel for future ones as they are posted and others are deactivated.
Finally, if the Southwest Florida eagles aren't home, you could try the stream below, featuring a bald eagle's nest on Santa Catalina Island in Calif., arranged by The Pet Collective. It has a great, dare we say it, bird's-eye view of the nest.
We can only imagine what new bird cams might pop up as we shovel our way through the last month of winter and dream about warmer days ahead.