How we can learn more about the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea)

The Auk
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A sense of urgency attends the study of species of concern, like the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea). Sharpened by Robbins et al. (1992) and Hamel (1992), such concern prompted the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to commission a status assessment of the Cerulean Warbler (Hamel 2000a). Shortly after the status review was published, a petition (Ruley 2000) was delivered to the USFWS urging that the species be listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The account of the Cerulean Warbler in the Birds of North America series also appeared that year (Hamel 2000b). Substantial attention is currently focused on the species, and the Cerulean Warbler Technical Group (CWTG) was formed in 2002 (see Appendix).

This overview consists of two parts. The first, prepared primarily by P.B.H., attempts to summarize current knowledge and suggest productive avenues to pursue in our efforts to understand the biology and conserve populations of Cerulean Warblers. The second, written by D.K.D. and P.D.K., is a summary of the structure and priorities of the CWTG, an organization that can spur and facilitate research and conservation action directed at this species and serve as a model for conservation of other forest birds (Appendix). Further information on Cerulean Warblers and activities of the Cerulean Warbler Technical Group can be found on the CWTG website (see Acknowledgments).

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title How we can learn more about the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea)
Series title The Auk
DOI 10.1642/0004-8038(2004)121[0007:HWCLMA]2.0.CO;2
Volume 121
Issue 1
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 8 p.
First page 7
Last page 14
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