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 bulk of the Stilt Sandpiper’s winter range currently lies south of the U.S., but that may be about to change. Audubon’s climate model predicts a 52 percent loss of current winter range, with a broad expansion northward predicted. Although mainly coastal now in the winter months in the U.S., the Stilt Sandpiper may surge inland in the Southeast; portions of Arizona may become available, too. While this prediction may seem in some sense “good” for the Stilt Sandpiper, it is essential to keep in mind that the model does not examine potential changes in the extensive winter range south of the U.S.