Restoring Golden-winged Warbler Habitat

Efforts at our Thomas Darling Preserve

Restoring Golden-winged Warbler Habitat

With each passing day, the golden-winged warbler’s native habitat is disappearing. As a result, it is currently being reviewed for addition to the endangered species list.

But in 2014, Wildlands Conservancy commenced habitat restoration efforts to reverse this for the golden-winged warbler, a neotropical migratory songbird, and other species, at our 1,500-acre Thomas Darling Preserve.

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The Scope of the Project

Over the next five years, we will restore a 70-acre area including:

  • Returning early successional forest, the primary breeding habitat for golden-winged warblers and many other species
  • Installing over 6,000 feet of deer fence, which will give native plants and trees a chance to regenerate and thrive
  • Planting several thousand new trees, like maple, cherry, oak and others
  • Improving public access for passive recreation to the interior of our Thomas Darling Preserve

Data on Species Populations

Educators from the Monroe County Conservation District, together with East Stroudsburg and Shippensburg universities, will begin gathering baseline data this spring and summer to catalogue the diversity of birds currently found on the preserve. Future monitoring will hopefully show an increase in the diversity and number of birds that call our Thomas Darling Preserve home.

Working Lands for Wildlife

This project is funded in part by Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the Natural Resources Conservation Services and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.