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.
During the winter season, this portly sandpiper is at home amid the spray of ocean waves on beach rocks up and down the length of the Pacific Ocean. Occurrences of wintering Surfbirds anywhere else are notable. Audubon's climate model forecasts a 75 percent loss of current winter range by 2080, with a substantial transfer of suitable wintering range from the immediate Pacific Coast. Given the Surfbird’s tight link with rocky seashores along the Pacific Coast, there is reason to question whether the species will be able to make the ecological leap.