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.
One of the most stirring spectacles of spring migration is the American Golden-Plover’s northward migration through the Midwest, en route to breeding grounds along the Arctic Ocean’s broad coastal plain. Audubon's climate model shows substantial loss of suitable climate space in summer as the southern portions of the present range become unavailable. Managers will also have to be attuned to indirect effects of climate change, not modeled here, on the golden-plover’s habitat: everything from surging numbers of tundra-devouring Snow Geese to more humans and infrastructure associated with commerce and energy development.