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 endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker is in “critical but stable” ecological condition at this time. Its numbers are perilously low, but nest sites are well-protected, and aggressive recovery efforts are working. This species is not modeled for the summer season, as it is not well sampled by the Breeding Bird Survey, but in the winter season Audubon’s climate model predicts concern for the future. Only one-third of the current winter range is climatically stable, and local populations are highly devoted to more-or-less permanent colonies. In other words, they may not be able or willing to get up and go. Regardless of climate change, this woodpecker will continue to require active intervention—especially controlled burns.