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 Snowy Plover is a paradox: tolerant of some of the most inhospitable habitats in North America, yet quite sensitive to human and natural disturbances. This bird breeds on sunbaked, highly alkaline salt flats, and winters on exposed coastal mudflats. Audubon's climate model, focusing only on the winter range, forecasts a 56 percent loss of current range by 2080, with potential expansion inland and northward of such areas. Whether ideal habitat—extensive open regions in immediate proximity to open water—becomes available will be the chief determinant of the Snowy Plover’s ability to adjust to changing climate.