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 Mountain Plover’s name is a misnomer because it breeds on shortgrass prairies and winters in lowland agricultural districts. Fire suppression and cattle grazing have already taken a toll on this imperiled species’ prairie habitat. More recently, climate change has been invoked as a factor contributing to declining habitat, and Audubon's climate model corroborates that hypothesis by projecting that the species will lose over three-quarters of current winter and summer ranges. And although areas of acceptable wintering climate are forecast to expand somewhat, they are in regions facing expanding human populations and/or changing land-use practices.