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 Arctic nester is known to most U.S. birders as a widespread migrant inland and fairly common winter visitor along southern shores. Audubon’s climate model shows a rapid shift of wintertime areas with suitable climate, with only 27 percent remaining stable. The transition from coastal to inland habitats would be dramatic, but perhaps it will be able to colonize increasingly ice-free inland lakes, reservoirs, and river edges. Meanwhile, this plover's large, but generally little-known, breeding range is forecast to contract somewhat by century’s end, with losses of areas with suitable climate in the southern portions of the species’ present range.