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  • Videos, 1 minute, 54 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey


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New Jersey State Bird Endangered by Climate Change?

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  • This brief local news story is about the possible climate migration of the Eastern Goldfinch, the state bird of New Jersey. 
  • According to the video, the Eastern Goldfinch may begin to move out of New Jersey either northward or up in elevation to adapt to changes in the local climate. 
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  • The journalist interviews Eric Stiles, the President of the New Jersey Audubon Society, about the possible disappearance of the goldfinch. Stiles also mentions how human activities are impacting pollinator populations.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be an ad before or after the video.
  • The Eastern Goldfinch was adopted as the state bird of New Jersey in 1935.
  • The Eastern Goldfinch is also called the American Goldfinch.


  • This video has a local focus for New Jersey, but the concept can be applied to many areas around the world that are experiencing changes in average temperature and precipitation.
  • Science classes could use this video when discussing ecosystems, habitat loss, population dynamics, and ecology.
  • The video interviews a local individual who discusses her love of New Jersey's state bird, which could be integrated into lessons about empathy, the emotional connections people have to their location, and social-emotional development.
  • Other resources about species migrations, the climate benefits of protecting natural habitats, and ecosystem changes include this Crash Course video about ecosystem changes, this video about nature-based solutions to climate change, and this article and podcast about Florida manatees and their seagrass habitat changes.
Scientist Notes
Climate change has threatened New Jersey's State bird, the Goldfinch, which is a black and yellow North American bird. Rising temperatures in recent years have forced these bird species to migrate northward to settle in Canada. The resource highlights the need to take urgent climate actions to save the birds from extinction. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.6.6-8 Explain how the physical and human characteristics of places and regions are connected to human identities and cultures.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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