The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
A stunning shorebird with a long upturned bill, the American Avocet prefers hot, open environments in shallow fresh and saltwater marshes. Audubon's climate model projects that its core nesting areas, widely scattered in the West but centered chiefly in the northern Great Plains, may contract drastically. Areas of suitable climate in winter, currently concentrated in the southern U.S., are forecast to shift northward somewhat and to increase overall. The American Avocet is a species that already benefits from active management of wetlands, and it seems likely that climate change will necessitate additional intervention by wildlife managers, especially on the breeding grounds.