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.
Combining attributes of both jays and crows, the Clark’s Nutcracker is widespread at high elevations in the West. In summer, the species nests near tree line. Some winters, nutcrackers irrupt well into the lowlands; other winters, they stay at fairly high elevations. Suitable climate space is forecast by Audubon’s climate model to decrease by roughly equal amounts—around 70 percent—in both summer and winter, with only 16% of the current summer space remaining stable and 25% of winter space stable by 2080. Tied as this species is to the high western coniferous forests, it seems unlikely it will be able to adapt to any new shifting climate space.