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Jan 10, 2015

Threatened and endangered warblers

 Photo by William H. Majoros/Wikipedia 

Photo by Will Stuart/Wildlife South
The bird species pictured above are two of twelve North American warbler species that appear on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.   The Watch List was prepared by a team of scientists from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI).   The team identified the 233 U.S. bird species that make up the 2014 Watch List.   The goals of the Watch List are to promote conservation for species  and to highlight the species most in danger of extinction without significant action.   The Watch List is divided into four main geographic sections and warblers are included in the "U.S. Continental" section.   The Watch List is further divided into two categories for each section.   The two categories are the Red Watch List and the Yellow Watch List.   The Red Watch List includes species with extremely high vulnerability due to small population, small range, high threats and range-wide declines.   The Yellow Watch List includes species that are either range restricted (small range and population), or are more widespread but with troubling declines and high threats.   Three of the twelve warbler species appear on the Red Watch List: the Bachman's Warbler, the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Kirtland's Warbler.   The Yellow Watch List includes the Golden-winged / Prothonotary /  Colima / Virginia's / Connecticut / Kentucky / Cerulean / Prairie and Canada warblers.   I have seen two the twelve: the Prairie Warbler and the Canada Warbler.   I feel my chances of seeing the other ten warblers are now slipping away.   I have not given up hope however and will do what I can to aid the situation.   I hope you can also.

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