Golden Cheeked Warbler Research Paper

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The Golden Cheeked Warbler is a very rare and endangered bird. Dendroica chrysoparia, is the scientific name for this bird. The GCW is a small song bird, about 4.5 inches, with a black throat that extends as stripes down the chest, a yellow face, giving it its name, a white belly, a black crown and back, black lines through the eyes, and two white wing bars. The reason the Golden Cheeked Warbler is so endangered is because its entire species nests in the Texas Ashe-juniper and oak woodlands of the Edward Plateau. They nest in only 35 counties. During winter they migrate to Mexico. The junipers that they nest in provide them with nest building bark, and all their food. The GCW builds its nest using the juniper bark, insect silk, lined in grass, hair, or down. The nest is a deep, open cup and always made with juniper bark. The Golden Cheeked Warbler exhibits site fidelity. This means the males come back to the same …show more content…

The USFWS made a recovery plan in 1992. The plan stated that “the golden-cheeked warbler will be considered for delisting when (1) sufficient breeding habitat has been protected to ensure the continued existence of at least one viable, self-sustaining population in each of 8 regions outlined in the plan; (2) the potential for gene flow exists across regions between demographically self sustaining populations where needed for long-term viability; (3) sufficient and sustainable non-breeding habitat exists to support the breeding populations; (4) all existing golden cheeked warbler populations on public lands are protected and managed to ensure their continued existence; and (5) all of these criteria have been met for 10 consecutive years” (USFWS 1992). In 1996 the USFWS stated that a viable population size for the Recovery Region should exceed 3000 breeding pairs. In 2004 a study by Alldredge et al. supported the USFWS, that the minimum viable breeding pairs should be

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