Golden-winged Warbler Atlas Project      (Golen-winged Warbler by James Coe)
Why Study Golden-winged Warblers? About the Birds     (warbler illustrations by James Coe) Study Protocols Online Data Entry
The Golden-winged Warbler Atlas Project (GOWAP) is designed to determine the population status and habitat and area requirements of the Golden-winged Warbler and the Blue-winged Warbler as well as their hybrids. The Golden-winged Warbler is a Neotropical migratory species that is of high conservation concern within Partners in Flight (PIF). This study engages volunteer birders and professional biologists to survey and conduct point counts at known and potential breeding sites of Golden-winged Warblers from May through July. Join GoWAP!

GOWAP results will be used to develop two detailed atlases: a Distribution map that shows boundaries for areas of high concentration of Golden-winged Warblers in sufficient detail to indicate potential sites for preservation and management, and a Hybrid Index Map that will help us locate key "safe haven" sites within the area of overlap where golden-wing and blue-wing hybridization is rare.

Dates: Golden-wings tend to arrive relatively early on the breeding grounds in the spring and depart very early in the fall. The appropriate dates for studying these species are as follows:

  • May 15 to June 20: Canada, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, St. Lawrence River Valley

  • May 10 to June 15: All other locations.

If you would like to sign up for GOWAP, or have questions about the project, please contact:
Sara Barker, Project Coordinator
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 254-2465

The illustrations of Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warblers used in this site are by James Coe.

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