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 fierce-looking, daylight-loving owl is at home in the high-latitude boreal forests of the northern hemisphere. A few disperse south a bit in winter, but, in general, the Northern Hawk Owl stays put year-round. Audubon's climate model forecast for this species is, in a word, alarming. By 2080, the species is predicted to lose 100 percent of its current summer range and 77 percent of its current winter range. The hawk owl’s prospects in an altered climate may depend in large part on its ability to “retool” as a generalist—accepting a broader array of prey items and high-latitude forest types.