Golden-winged Warbler Conservation

Learn about our work to conserve Golden-winged Warblers.

Photo: Ed Buress

Golden-winged Warbler populations are on the decline in the United States. One way that Audubon North Carolina is impacting that decline is through mitigating and reversing habitat loss.

Considered a forest bird, the Golden-winged Warbler needs at least 70 percent of the surrounding landscape to be forested. Having access to ample shrubland is also critical for nest site locations.

The need to restore shrubland, or the earliest stage of forest growth, is becoming more important as land use changes for the Golden-winged Warbler breeding grounds in North Carolina. Biologists are working with farmers, forest managers and private landowners to steward sustainable practices that support suitable habitat. By connecting private and public forest managers with technical and financial resources, we are curtailing the population decline of this species.

Habitat loss also impacts the Golden-winged Warbler’s wintering grounds. Audubon NC is collaborating with our partners to further understand the full life cycle biology of this warbler, including conducting field research in Nicaragua.

Golden-winged Warbler
Priority Birds

Golden-winged Warbler

The rapid decline of the Golden-winged Warbler since the 1980s cannot be explained solely by habitat loss, and that mystery has attracted many scientists to study this beautiful warbler.

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How to Conserve the Golden-winged Warbler
Conserve Golden-Wings

How to Conserve the Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged warbler populations are on the decline in the United States. One way that Audubon North Carolina is impacting that decline is through mitigating and reversing habitat loss.

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A Guide to Fall Migration in the Mountains and Piedmont
Working Lands

A Guide to Fall Migration in the Mountains and Piedmont

Migration season has arrived, and NC’s mountain birds are on the move!

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Understanding the Endangered Species List
Working Lands

Understanding the Endangered Species List

Audubon’s Efforts Protect the Golden-winged Warbler From Further Decline.

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How to Conserve the Golden-winged Warbler
Conserve Golden-Wings

How to Conserve the Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged warbler populations are on the decline in the United States. One way that Audubon North Carolina is impacting that decline is through mitigating and reversing habitat loss.

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Private Lands Protection
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Private Lands Protection

Habitat on private lands plays a critical role in bird conservation in the southeastern U.S.

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Research in North Carolina
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Research in North Carolina

Audubon NC is involved in regional and international research in the quest to better understand bird ecology.

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Published Work on Golden-winged Warbler Conservation and Biology
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Published Work on Golden-winged Warbler Conservation and Biology

Review recent peer reviewed and thesis papers done by Audubon staff, our academic partners at Appalachian and elsewhere.

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Goats Help Restore Golden-wing Habitat
Forest Management - Working Lands

Goats Help Restore Golden-wing Habitat

Goats will munch the leaves, woody stems, and high vegetative growth that many grazing animals will not. They don’t like to eat grass. This makes them the perfect partner in Golden-winged Warbler habitat management.

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News & Updates

Expanding a Golden-Winged Warbler Family
Working Lands

Expanding a Golden-Winged Warbler Family

Meet Don and Holly Addis - managing their Western NC land for Golden-winged Warbler habitat with assistance from Audubon NC.

A Record-Setting Habitat for Warblers
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A Record-Setting Habitat for Warblers

Mark and Margaret Hartman are managing their Ashe County land for Golden-winged Warblers. Click to learn more!

Audubon Vermont Biologists Visit North Carolina
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Audubon Vermont Biologists Visit North Carolina

Audubon's North Carolina and Vermont staff joined in the Western NC mountains to study Golden-winged Warbler habitat restoration techniques.

Audubon Signs Designate Specialized Habitat
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Audubon Signs Designate Specialized Habitat

Audubon North Carolina is engaging private landowners in focal areas in the western region to manage their land for the Golden-winged Warblers, providing signs to designate the specialized habitats.

More Volunteers Trained to Protect Warblers
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More Volunteers Trained to Protect Warblers

A new team of Audubon volunteers met at the Highlands Biological Station and in Macon and Jackson County to learn about Golden-winged Warbler conservation techniques.

Audubon Signs Signify Specialized Habitat for Warblers
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Audubon Signs Signify Specialized Habitat for Warblers

Audubon Signs Given to Private Landowners Signify Specialized Habitat for Golden-winged Warblers.

Geolocators Flying North and South
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Geolocators Flying North and South

Geolocator data will inform our work in Western North Carolina that protects the habitats Golden-winged Warblers need for their survival. Learn more!

Advocating for Golden-winged Warbler Protections
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Advocating for Golden-winged Warbler Protections

There’s so much you can do to contribute to the conservation of a priority species like the Golden-winged Warbler.

Understanding the Endangered Species List
Working Lands

Understanding the Endangered Species List

Audubon’s Efforts Protect the Golden-winged Warbler From Further Decline.

Volunteers at Work for Golden-wing Protection with Patrick Farrell
Working Lands

Volunteers at Work for Golden-wing Protection with Patrick Farrell

Meet Patrick Farrell, Audubon North Carolina partner and NC Wildlife Resources Commission professional biologist assisting Audubon landowners in habitat restoration efforts to benefit the imperiled Golden-winged Warbler.

How you can help, right now