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 future looks bleak for one of the continent's most imperiled bird species. Lesser Prairie-Chickens are already struggling to survive a combination of human-caused habitat destruction and prolonged drought (thought to be a taste of future climate). Audubon's climate model predicts that none of the species’ current range will host suitable climatic conditions by 2080. While grasslands are fast to respond to changes in climate, there’s not much left of the once-vast American prairies. It may prove necessary to provide corridors (and/or free rides from people) to new grassland patches if we want future generations to be able to enjoy this species' mesmerizing springtime dance routines.