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 sky-blue jay is one of the most specialized birds in the U.S. and Canada, its entire life history tightly connected with the availability of conifer seeds, with pinyon seeds being highly favored. Already of conservation concern, the Pinyon Jay is projected by Audubon's climate model to be further challenged by climate change. Suitable climate space is forecast to withdraw in both summer and winter as the jay’s range contracts within its current stronghold in the Intermountain West. Healthy pinyon stands are likely essential to future population health for this jay. Pinyons are spreading in some regions. However, ranchers generally remove the trees before they become fully established.