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 brightly colored and boldly patterned sandpiper is known to most birders as a winter visitor along rocky beaches and breakwaters on both coasts. Audubon's climate model forecasts a rapid decline in suitable climate on the wintering grounds, especially along the Gulf Coast. Projected incursions inland of suitable climate may not be matched by the expansion of favored habitat, with one exception—the Great Lakes. Breakwater construction in recent years has proliferated in this region, and Ruddy Turnstones may be able to colonize this surrogate for naturally occurring rocky intertidal habitats--if they stop far north of their usual wintering grounds during migration. The model does not look at possible changes on the species’ Arctic breeding grounds.