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 colorful pinhead of a sandpiper probably isn’t on most people’s conservation radar, as it is generally common—even locally abundant—within its range. Audubon's climate model, however, suggest that the Wilson’s Phalarope may be in serious trouble. The model forecasts a distressing 100 percent loss of current range by 2080, across areas of suitable climate for breeding—basically, wetlands in the Great Plains and Intermountain West. The bad news may be even worse: the species depends critically on highly saline large lakes (Mono Lake, Great Salt Lake, etc.) for its mid-summer molt, and such habitats are widely thought to be already deteriorating because of climate change.