In Upstate New York lies a mature,
riparian forest that is home to one of the state's largest breeding populations of the
Cerulean Warbler. In early 1998, a tract of this forest was purchased to help ensure that
Ceruleans would continue breeding there. Findings from the Cerulean Warbler Atlas Project
(CEWAP) were instrumental to this acquisition.
During the 1997 breeding season, CEWAP researchers surveyed a Cerulean Warbler site known to local birders and found some 46 breeding pairs. As a result, the National Audubon Society's New York Important Bird Areas Program committee identified the location as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Later in the year, when a private donor approached the Laboratory of Ornithology about local land preservation opportunities, the Cerulean Warbler IBA site emerged as the top priority. With the help of a regional land trust, part of this site was purchased.
This remarkable acquisition is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when conservation groups work together. As CEWAP has shown, findings from studies can serve as catalysts for this kind of action.
The final report, "An Atlas of Cerulean Warbler Populations," is now complete and has been submitted to the USFWS.