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Boreal Chickadee

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Boreal Chickadees are one of the few songbirds that reside year-round in the boreal forest. Many elements of their natural history - storing food, for example - reflect the attributes needed to survive in this harsh environment.

The State of Boreal Chickadee

Regionally: Stable

Mountain Birdwatch data suggest that Boreal Chickadee populations in the northeastern United States have been mostly stable since 2011. Boreal Chickadee was not one of the original Mountain Birdwatch species.

Recent stability

Boreal Chickadee numbers in the study area have remained steady overall, with substantial fluctuations among years. Faded bars estimate the uncertainty in the estimate of abundance.

Globally: Probably Stable

Because they occupy remote areas without road access, and because they tend to be quiet and secretive during the breeding season, Boreal Chickadees are not well-monitored by the Breeding Bird Survey. Available data, though, suggest that populations of Boreal Chickadees are stable.

Boreal Chickadee numbers have been stable across Canada and the United States according to the Breeding Bird Survey. Points indicate annual estimate of relative abundance; higher numbers mean more Boreal Chickadees were counted in that year. Solid black lines above and below indicate the uncertainty around estimates of relative abundance. Figure provided by the United States Geological Survey.

Opportunities for Conservation

Populations appear stable at present. In the future, habitat for Boreal Chickadees is at risk of disappearance due to climate change.

What We Can Do to Help

As with many species, long-term conservation of Boreal Chickadees depends on addressing the climate change caused by our activities. This means supporting government policies – and making individual choices – that lead to a reduction in greenhouse-gas concentrations.

State of Mountain Birds