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Common loon threatened by climate change: report

A report by the Audubon Society found that loon is one of 314 species whose habitat is threatened by climate change. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

New research by the Audubon Society says the flip side of a one-dollar coin may be the only place most Canadians will be able to see a loon by the end of the century.

A report by the environmental organization says the bird is one of 314 species whose habitat is threatened by climate change.

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That represents almost half of North America’s birds.

Spokesman Gary Langham says many species could lose more than half their current range by 2050, and even more will lose the same habitat by 2080.

By then, the common loon would be largely forced into the Northwest Territories and the northern thirds of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to breed.

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Langham says he hopes the society’s conclusions will encourage people to do what they can to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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