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 stately and popular game bird frequents oak forests, foraging on the ground for food. While non-migratory, the species does cover miles on foot and has been expanding its range northward in recent years, aided in part by restoration efforts to increase hunting stock. The Wild Turkey may have to trot a little faster to keep up with the projected shifts in both summer and winter climate spaces. According to Audubon's climate model the species will lose 87 percent of current winter range by 2080. Potential expansion during the summer may give the bird a boost in its trek northward, but only if it can find its favored oaks along the way.