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In the 09/11/2020 edition:

As Wildfire Smoke Blots Out the Sun in Northern California, Many Ask: ‘Where Are the Birds?’

Extreme temperatures and fires stoked by climate change can have dire consequences for creatures living on the edge.

As many Westerners awoke this week to a sky so muted by smoke from raging wildfires that it looked like night, backyard bird watchers noticed something else: Silence at their bird feeders. Or worse yet, dead birds.

"I live in Folsom—have not seen a bird or heard a bird chirp this morning," said Jodi Root, a member of the California Birding group on Facebook.

"We live in northern Nevada and have noticed the same thing," added Karen Holden of Gardnerville.

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Senate 2020: Georgia is Dealing With Droughts, Storms and Rising Seas, but Will it Matter to Voters?

Democrat Jon Ossoff has a climate plan, while incumbent David Perdue has followed Trump’s lead on the issue. But the pandemic takes precedence in many voters’ minds.

This story is part of a series focusing on the climate records of candidates in 11 key Senate races in November's elections.

At a Glance:

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