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 Northern Gannet is a mainly pelagic species. While it may be seen from land, it only goes there to breed or when beached and ailing. Audubon's climate model projections should then be used with caution, as most of the area covered by this species is beyond the shores of the analysis. Two recent phenomena give us a clue as to what the world’s changing climate has in store for the species. First, a Northern Gannet was seen for the first time in the Pacific Ocean in 2013. Some speculate that disappearance of Arctic sea ice is responsible, and that the species may even attempt to colonize the northern Pacific. Second, Atlantic Puffins have recently been having trouble at breeding colonies at the southern edge of their range. Gannets and Puffins have similar colony distributions further north and the Gannet may yet face the similar difficulties.