Widespread conservation efforts are being made to recover healthy populations of the golden-winged warbler across its range.
The Golden-winged Warbler Working Group was established as a collaborative endeavor to ensure the conservation of populations through sound science, education, and management. Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy or State Wildlife Action Plan identified the golden-winged warbler as a High Level Concern responsibility species with a population of 5,000-7,000 singing males in Pennsylvania comprising 8.7% of its global breeding population. Researchers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) recently conducted demographic and habitat relationship studies on state forests in north-central Pennsylvania. This research was critical in the formation of Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Best Management Practices for Forestlands in Maryland and Pennsylvania which outlines habitat needs and management prescriptions for creating and maintaining high quality breeding habitat.
Through funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, WPC is working to identify priority golden-winged warbler habitat patches which will be targeted for land protection and implementation of golden-winged warbler best management practices. This project is a collaboration of WPC Conservation Science and Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program staff, IUP researchers, state land managers and biologists from the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), with support from the American Bird Conservancy. We will be providing guidance to private landowners for habitat management and facilitating permanent protection (i.e., conservation easements or other measures) of early successional habitats for golden-winged warblers. As this work continues, we will use detailed Breeding Bird Atlas data to refine our golden-winged warbler habitat priorities, establish population monitoring at conservation sites, and assess habitat conditions on protected lands implementing best management practices.
Golden-winged warbler: Bill Hubick