Golden-winged Warbler Working Group

Resources

for Natural Resource Professionals

Materials for Wildlife and Natural Resource agency biologists, bird conservation practitioners, and habitat managers.

Conservation Plans

Golden-winged Warbler Status Review and Conservation Plan
(2nd Edition)

Cover of the Golden-winged WArbler Conservation Plan. illustrating Golden-winged Warbler nesting habitat and an adult male delivering prey to a nest full of nestlings.
In 2012, the Golden-winged Warbler Working Group (GWWG) published the Golden-winged Warbler Status Review and Conservation Plan through the GWWG website. Since publication, significant new research has produced insights into Golden-winged Warbler nesting and post-fledging habitat use, migratory connectivity, and habitat segregation among the sexes on the wintering grounds. Much of this research is available in Golden-winged Warbler Ecology, Conservation, and Habitat Management (Streby et al. 2016. Studies in Avian Biology) In 2018, the Steering Committee undertook revisions of some parts of the plan with assistance from species experts. Revisions related to Golden-winged Warbler habitat best management practices were funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. These and additional sections of the plan were revised through the generous donation of time by Kyle Aldinger, Christian Artuso, Sara Barker Swarthout, Ruth Bennett, David Buehler, Katie Koch, Jeff Larkin, Katie Loucks, D.J. McNeil, Jr., Laurel Molton, Ron Rohrbaugh, Amber Roth, and Tom Will.
RECOMMENDED CITATION
Roth, A.M., R.W. Rohrbaugh, T. Will, S. Barker Swarthout, and D.A. Buehler, editors. 2019. Golden-winged Warbler Status Review and Conservation Plan. 2nd Edition. www.gwwa.org

Golden-winged Warbler Non-breeding Season Conservation Plan

The Golden-winged Warbler Non-breeding Season Conservation Plan describes the non-breeding ecology of the Golden-winged Warbler and proposes concrete actions to maintain habitat throughout its stationary nonbreeding range (hereafter winter range). The plan is intended for use by conservation practitioners, land managers, and governmental agencies both in North America and Latin America. 

This plan provides guidance on where conservation investment in Latin America will have the greatest impact on Golden-winged Warbler habitat and recommends conservation actions to address the specific threats to habitat retention in the winter range. This plan is also intended for use at the country level for all Latin American countries within the Golden-winged Warbler winter range. For each country, this plan prioritizes areas where conservation action should begin immediately, defines five-year conservation goals, and proposes a conservation strategy to meet those goals by the year 2020.

RECOMMENDED CITATION
Bennett, R.E., A. Rothman, K.V. Rosenberg, F. Rodriguez. 2016. Golden-winged Warbler nonbreeding season conservation plan. In Roth, A.M., R.W. Rohrbaugh, T. Will, and D.A. Buehler, editors. Golden-winged Warbler Status Review and Conservation Plan. www.gwwa.org

Recovery Strategy for the Golden-winged Warbler
(Vermivora chrysoptera) in Canada

“The federal, provincial, and territorial government signatories under the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk (1996) agreed to establish complementary legislation and programs that provide for effective protection of species at risk throughout Canada. Under the Species at Risk Act (S.C. 2002, c.29) (SARA), the federal competent ministers are responsible for the preparation of recovery strategies for listed Extirpated, Endangered, and Threatened species and are required to report on progress five years after the publication of the final document on the SAR Public Registry. 

The Minister of the Environment and the Minister responsible for the Parks Canada Agency are the competent ministers for the recovery of the Golden-winged Warbler and have prepared this strategy, as per section 37 of SARA. It has been prepared in cooperation with the Provinces of Manitoba (Manitoba Conservation), Ontario (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) and Quebec (Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques). 

Success in the recovery of this species depends on the commitment and cooperation of many different constituencies that will be involved in implementing the directions set out in this strategy and will not be achieved by Environment Canada and the Parks Canada Agency, or any other jurisdiction alone. All Canadians are invited to join in supporting and implementing this strategy for the benefit of the Golden-winged Warbler and Canadian society as a whole.

This recovery strategy will be followed by one or more action plans that will provide information on recovery measures to be taken by Environment Canada, the Parks Canada Agency and other jurisdictions and/or organizations involved in the conservation of the species. Implementation of this strategy is subject to appropriations, priorities, and budgetary constraints of the participating jurisdictions and organizations.” – Environmental Canada, 2014

RECOMMENDED CITATION
Environment Canada. 2014. Recovery Strategy for the Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) in Canada [Proposed]. Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy Series. Environment
Canada, Ottawa. vi + 57 pp.

Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Golden-winged Warbler Habitats in the Appalachian Region

Supplemental Insert Pages:

Habitat in Deciduous Forests of the Appalachians

This document is one of two regional Best Management Practice (BMP) guides for land managers and landowners, each with several two-page supplements dedicated to the management of specific regional habitat types most important to Golden-winged Warblers. The counterpart to this document is called Best Management Practices for Golden-winged Warbler Habitats in the Great
Lakes Region and can be downloaded at www.gwwa.org.

RECOMMENDED CITATION
Golden-winged Warbler Working Group. 2013. Best Management Practices for Golden-winged Warbler Habitats in the Appalachian Region. www.gwwa.org.. www.gwwa.org

Golden-winged Warbler Habitats in the Great Lakes Region

Supplemental Insert Pages:

Habitat in Deciduous Forests of the Great Lakes

Habitat in the Aspen Parkland Transition Zone of Canada

This document is one of two regional Best Management Practice (BMP) guides for land managers and landowners, each with several two-page supplements dedicated to the management of specific regional habitat types most important to Golden-winged Warbler. The counterpart to this document is called Best Management Practices for Golden-winged Warbler Habitats in the Appalachian Region and can be downloaded at www.gwwa.org.

RECOMMENDED CITATION
Golden-winged Warbler Working Group. 2019. Best Management Practices for Golden-winged Warbler Habitats in the Great Lakes Region. 2nd Edition. www.gwwa.org.

Golden-winged Warbler Habitat: Best Management Practices for Forestlands in Maryland and Pennsylvania

This BMP presents management prescriptions to forest managers interested in providing breeding habitat for Golden-winged Warblers through management actions associated with timber harvesting in Maryland and Pennsylvania. This document is intended for use by state and private foresters, biologists, and other land managers. 

RECOMMENDED CITATION
Bakermans, M. H., J. L. Larkin, B. W. Smith, T. M. Fearer, and B. C. Jones. 2011. Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Best Management Practices for Forestlands in Maryland and Pennsylvania. American Bird Conservancy. The Plains, Virginia. 26 pp.

Integrated Management Guidelines
for American Woodcock and Golden-winged Warbler
in the Appalachian Region

This document aims to help land managers and natural resource professionals determine if there are American Woodcock, Golden-winged Warbler, or both on their land, and how they can manage for both species at the same time.

RECOMMENDED CITATION
Bakermans, M. H., J. L. Larkin, B. W. Smith, T. M. Fearer, B. C. Jones, and S. J. Williamson. 2012. Integrated Management Guidelines for American Woodcock and Golden-winged Warbler in the Appalachian Region. American Bird Conservancy. The Plains, Virginia. 32 pp..

Business Plans

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Central Appalachia Business Plan

“The NFWF business plan provides a concise blueprint of the strategies and resources required to achieve the desired conservation outcomes. The strategies discussed in this plan do not represent solely the foundation’s view of the actions necessary to achieve the identified conservation goals, but instead reflect the view of the many federal, state, academic and organizational experts that consulted during plan development. This plan is not meant to duplicate ongoing efforts but rather to invest in areas where gaps might exist so as to support the efforts of the larger conservation community”

–  National Fish and Wildlife Foundation