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In his article for the Washington Post, John Hopewell discusses how climate change is affecting the migration patterns for some popular species of birds. Currently, Washington DC sits on the Atlantic Flyway, a common route along the Atlantic coast. However, Hopewell believes that climate change may “greatly alter avian ranges and migration patterns.”

As a writer for the Post, Hopewell focuses in on one species special to the DC area, the osprey. The bird is often found nesting along the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, yet studies are beginning to show that it may be on the brink of danger. “The Audubon Society predicts the beautiful bird could lose 79 percent of its current summer range — where the bird lives and feeds — by 2080.” Hopewell also notes that Audubon claims the osprey can live in Florida year-round, however, the fear is whether or not the fish population will be able to keep up with the osprey’s.

Hopewell ends his piece by enacting an argument for reasons to be wary of climate change. He states, “Without a reduction in greenhouse gases to slow down or stop global warming, bird migrations, and entire species, will change and disappear completely.” The effects of climate change are evident and it is clearly affecting some species in the world today. We don’t want to live in a world where species are dying off one after another. Hopewell’s example of ospreys is just one example of the much larger issue at hand.

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