Researchers require Golden-winged Warbler sightings
The Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera is a species of special conservation interest and classified by BirdLife as Near Threatened. In recent years its population has decreased due to hybridising with Blue-winged Warbler V. pinus in areas where their ranges overlap in North America, as well as from the threats the species faces in its non-breeding grounds due to constant deforestation.
A group of ornithologists, meeting within the Golden-Winged Warbler Conservation Workshop, with representatives from Central and South America, international non-governmental organizations, and federal and state agencies from the United States, have established the "Alianza Alas Doradas" (Golden-winged Alliance), which will lead concrete conservation actions for the species. The primary objective is to determine priority areas during migration and wintering areas.
The group suspects that there may be many unpublished reports of the species which will improve understanding of the species's distribution away from its breeding grounds. They are keen to receive reports of Golden-winged Warbler and/or Blue-winged Warbler sightings outside of the United States and Canada. Please include the following information for each observation: observer, date, precise locality (country, province, and site including as much detailed information on locality as possible, including latitude-longitude coordinates if known), elevation, abundance, data on sex and age (if known), habitat description, and any other potentially useful comments (associated migratory species, etc.).
Please submit your records in South America (Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador) to Maria Isabel Moreno, Fundacion ProAves Colombia, firstname.lastname@example.org and in Central America to Mariamar Gutiérrez, ALAS Nicaragua, email@example.com