10 Things You Can Do for Golden-winged Warblers
(and a lot of other birds!)
Here are some things you can start doing now to help the conservation efforts of Golden-winged Warblers. Check back for details on what other people are doing around the world to help.
1. Join a bird club. Go birding and take a friend of a child along.
2. Support bird conservation efforts in Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua (for example, ProAves en Colombia)
3. Modify your home's windows to reduce impacts. Participate in a "Lights-out" program in cities during migration to minimize Golden-winged Warbler collisions with windows of tall buildings.
4. Look for individuals with unique color band combinations on their legs. Report the combination to the USGS Bird Banding Lab at http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/
5. Buy shade-grown (free trade, organic) coffee and cocoa that provide better bird winter habitat than open sun plantations.
6. Submit all of your Golden-winged Warbler observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird at http://www.ebird.org (locations throughout the western hemisphere and from current and previous years accepted).
7. Support organizations, agencies, and legislation that manage and protect shrubland and wetland habitats, including old field, shrub wetlands, and alder thickets in the Golden-winged Warbler breeding range.
8. Golden-winged Warblers are ground nesters; keep cats indoors and restrain when outdoors. Visit: http://abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/
9. Encourage trail users (hikers, bikers, horseback riders, off-road vhicles) to not leave designated trails particularly in shrub wetlands and other breeding habitat. Golden-winged Warblers often nest along edges of roads and trails.
10. Reduce your carbon footprint. Climate change may result in altering migration patterns and shifting the breeding range of the Golden-winged Warbler northward. Visit: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/