Three Ways to Improve Prothonotary Warbler Conservation
- Increase acreage of bottomland and upland forest habitats
- Slow or halt deforestation and degradation of wintering mangrove habitat (restore habitat where possible)
- Develop baseline inventory of Prothonotary Warbler breeding and wintering populations
Conservation ActionPartners in Flight along with other conservation organizations such as Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Wildlife Program, The National Resources Conservation Service Wetland Reserve Program, Ducks Unlimited, and the Nature Conservancy have taken up efforts to increase acreage of proper habitat. Other organizations on the wintering grounds have been limited and stricter laws and enforcement of those laws are needed.
It would be awesome to create a nest box program similar to what has been done for Eastern Bluebirds. However, according to the Birder's Conservation Handbook, nest boxes have "increased local densities of breeding birds, though there is concern that birds breeding in nest boxes may have increased rates of nest predation".
As of 2004, Prothonotary Warbler population was estimated at 1.8 million (39% decline since 1966). Full details on this species and 99 other North American birds at risk can be found in Jeffrey V. Wells' Birder's Conservation Handbook.