The Golden-winged Warbler (female pictured) is one of the most beautiful and seriously threatened, non-listed species in Eastern North America. Its decline is due primarily to habitat loss, particularly the loss of early successional habitats to suburban sprawl, regeneration of eastern forests, competition and hybridization with Blue-winged Warblers, cowbird parasitism, and potentially loss of wintering habitat. The American Bird Conservancy has launched an effort to help Golden-winged Warblers by, among other projects, protecting the remaining forest fragments that are Golden-winged Warbler habitat in northern Nicaragua, as well as increasing and maintaining shade coffee plantings. ASK recently made a $2,000 grant to this project.
How can you help? Drink bird-friendly, shade-grown coffee (Birds & Beans will be offered for sale again this fall in our September newsletter). Support ASK, allowing more grants to be made. Support the American Bird Conservancy. See their website for more information about these projects. http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/domestic/Goldenwinged_Warbler.html
Photograph by Jack Wyatt.