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.
The widespread Black-bellied Plover—it breeds across the high latitudes of North America and Eurasia—primarily inhabits flat coastal plains. The species’ winter range at the present time is chiefly coastal and mainly southerly. Audubon's climate model shows only a modest overall decrease in winter in areas with suitable climate space; however, the model also shows a substantial shifting of that habitat northward and, more intriguingly, inland. The Black-bellied Plover is versatile, tolerant of a wide range of prey bases and water salinities. Wildlife scientists will be watching to see if it can adapt to newly available winter habitats in the eastern Great Lakes.