Golden-winged Warbler Working Group


Habitat Management Challenge – Add your project!

Early successional breeding habitat with blue sky and green foliage.

In honor of the GWWA Working Group’s 20th Anniversary and the ongoing need to create and maintain suitable early successional habitat for this species of high conservation need, we have launched a Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Challenge! The goal is to encourage a variety of partners across the breeding range to contribute to this effort. Please contribute your habitat management efforts using the survey included in the Challenge.

Cornell Lab's Land Trust Conservation Initiative

Clearing woody invasives at Nordic Farms. Photo: Vermont Land Trust, Allaire Diamond.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology strives to conserve birds through land trusts. With over 61 million protected acres safegaurded by land trusts, private land trusts are critical for over 100 bird species of conservation significance. In 2013, the Cornell Lab initiated the Land Trust Initiative to maximize the synergy between birds and land trusts by developing four key strategies: .… 

Conservation and research in action at Reserva El Jaguar, Nicaragua

Crossing the canopy bridge at Reserva El Jaguar. Photo: Amber Roth

Reserva El Jaguar is a private reserve located in Jinotega, Nicaragua. It is owned by the Duriaux Chavarría family and is dedicated to conservation, biodiversity protection, research and coffee production.  In addition to producing high quality coffee, the reserve protects cloud forest that provides valuable habitat to more than 374 species of birds .… 

Outreach on West Virginia's Private Lands

A team visits a landowner in West Virginia to consult on a potential WLFW GWWA project. Photo: Liz Brewe

A team visits a landowner in West Virginia to consult on a potential WLFW GWWA project. Photo: Liz Brewer

Golden-winged Warblers thrive in dynamic forested landscapes that are a composition of mature forest and young, shrubby habitat such as found in regenerative clearcuts and boggy wetlands. Working with private landowners to create and maintain enough young forest habitat across the landscape is crucial to help recover declining Golden-winged Warbler populations. In West Virginia, 88% of the state’s 12 million acres of forest are privately owned. The scale of outreach needed to inspire enthusiasm for young forests could be a full-time job in West Virginia and, in fact, that was exactly what several partners decided the state needed. In 2019, a joint Outreach Forester position among Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, National Wild Turkey Federation, and West Virginia Division of Forestry was created to coordinate outreach efforts for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Golden-winged Warbler Initiative.… 

Adult Annual Survival Research Collaborative

A Nano-tagged female Golden-winged Warbler carefully held in a hand.Photo: Emily Filiberti

A Nano-tagged female Golden-winged Warbler.Photo: Emily Filiberti

This collaborative effort aims to develop an integrated population model (IPM) for assessing the population viability and current and future breeding distribution of the Golden-winged Warbler using the latest advances in wildlife tracking technology. Traditional mark-recapture methods have proved insufficient for determining adult female survival – females are more difficult to recapture and detect in the field than male counterparts. Biologists across the Golden-winged Warbler breeding range are deploying VHF-radio tags to find the first reliable estimates of female Golden-winged Warbler survival…