Baird's Sparrow was once very common within its range, but not any more. According to Audubon's analysis, its decline likely stemmed from the loss of its habitat in its summer range due to farming and the loss of habitat in its winter range due to overgrazing.
By 2080, Baird's Sparrow is expected to lose all of its current summer range and 22 percent of its winter range, according to Audubon's climate model. It's unknown whether the sparrow will be able to adapt.
About This Species
Baird's Sparrow is a somewhat nomadic songbird. It's small and brown-streaked, and is adapted to grassland habitats that have historically varied year to year due to drought, rain, fire and herds of grazing animals. In the winter, Baird's Sparrow calls north-central Mexico and parts of the southwestern United States home. In summer, it can be found in south-central Canada and the north-central United States. Baird's Sparrow forages for insects and seeds and builds its nests on the ground.