In the Wrangell Mountains, found on alpine plateaus around 5000 ft in low shrub and tussock tundra (Sage 1976). Highly sought by birders, this species may found in new areas in winter if the predictions of Audubon’s climate model predictions hold true, as only 13 percent of the current winter range is forecast to remain stable by 2080. Smith’s Longspur depends on short, grassy areas and fallow fields for winter habitat, and milder winters could open up nearly two and a quarter times the current area in the future. It's easier than you think to make a difference. It's easier than you think to make a difference. But we need everyone’s help–and soon. The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. Smith’s Longspur is a tree line breeding specialist, so if it is to survive it will have to be able to follow the tree line north (and up in elevation). Species Range Change from 2000 to 2080 The size of the circles roughly indicates the species’ range … Birds of the upper Sheenjek valley, northeastern Alaska. No overlap means the species will leave its current range entirely. Kessel, B., and G. B. Schaller. 1960. The first frame of the animation shows where the bird can find a suitable climate today (based on data from 2000). Condor 78:116-117. 1978. Studies Avian Biology. The University of Alaska Anchorage is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Kessel, B., and D.D. © 2016 Alaska Center for Conservation Science. @media only screen and (max-width: 600px) { Winters on open grasslands, airport fields, farmlands, and grazed pastures, often near water. You can opt-out of these communications at any time. Univ. Vertebrate Distribution Models for Alaska, .wpgmza_map img { max-width:none; } [CDATA[/* >