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.
This smallish gull is best known as a strikingly plumaged summer visitor to trashcans and picnic baskets all along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. The Laughing Gull breeds “behind the scenes” in the relative seclusion of coastal salt marshes, and withdraws south along the coast a fair ways in winter. Small flocks are noted miles inland at times, and vagrants occur practically anywhere. Audubon's climate model predicts a 58 percent loss of current summer range by 2080, with potential expansion inland during both seasons. With modest losses of suitable climate closer to the coasts, alongside the Laughing Gull’s powers of dispersal, a range shift inland is plausible.