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Demographic response of golden-winged warbler to habitat and management across a climate change gradient in the core of the species range


May 2010 - April 2015


The objectives for this study are to:

(1) Compare Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA) reproductive success (nest productivity and juvenile survival) between two main breeding habitat types

(2) Compare adult GWWA survival and habitat use during the nesting and post-fledging period between two main breeding habitat types

(3) Use habitat characteristics to build a predictive model of GWWA reproductive success to provide management recommendations for maximizing high quality GWWA habitat

(4) Replicate the study at 3 locations across a climate change gradient over 2 years to include critical spatial and temporal variation in analyses, maximizing the inference of results and applicability of management recommendations

(5) Combine demographic data with models of predicted climate change for the western Great Lakes region to predict climate-change effects on Golden-winged Warbler population viability.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Streby, H.M., J.P. Loegering, and D.E. Andersen. 2012. Spot mapping underestimates song-territory size and use of mature forest by breeding golden-winged warblers in Minnesota. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36:40-46.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 99

Masters Students: 225

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 247

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 658

Scientific Publications: 1872

Presentations: 4186



  • David AndersenPrincipal Investigator
  • Henry StrebyCo-Principal Investigator
  • Sean PetersonStudent
  • Gunnar KramerStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Science Support Program
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey