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 bird’s name fits in winter, when it inhabits open country from the Great Plains west to the Pacific Ocean. In summer, though, the bird is more of a “canyon falcon” or “cliff falcon.” Audubon's climate model shows contrasting climate futures for this bird. The winter range is fairly stable, although with some movement eastward—a result already anticipated by winter records well east of the core range. The summer range is projected to contract by more than three-quarters, unwelcome news for an already scarce species. Fortunately, the species enjoys full protection and vigorous monitoring by biologists; continued strong legal protection will be vital to sustain the Prairie Falcon.