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Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) Ecology and Management on High Elevation Grazing Allotments, Monongahela National Forest, WV


July 2008 - December 2015


We examined GWWA ecology under different management scenarios to provide land managers with better information to optimize habitat for this species.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Aldinger, K. and P.B. Wood. 2014. Reproductive success and habitat characteristics of Golden-winged Warblers in high-elevation pasturelands. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126(2):279-287.
  • Aldinger, K.R., T.M. Terhune, P.B. Wood, D.A. Buehler, M.H. Bakermans, J.L. Confer, D.J. Flaspohler, J.L. Larkin, J.P. Loegering, K.L. Percy, A.M. Roth, and C.G. Smalling. 2015. Variables associated with nest survival of Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) among vegetation communities commonly used for nesting. Avian Conservation and Ecology 10(1): 6.
  • Aldinger, K.R. and P.B. Wood. 2015. Variables associated with detection probability, detection latency, and behavioral responses of Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera). Condor 117:364-375


  • Aldinger, K. 2010. Playback Surveys and Breeding Habitat Characteristics of Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) on High-Elevation Pasturelands on the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. MS Thesis, WVU. 108pp. URL:
  • Aldinger, K.R. August 2018. Ecology and Management of Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) and associated avian species in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4235



Funding Agencies

  • Monongahela National Forest
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Geological Survey - CRU


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey