Conservation planning and accomplishments for protection of Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) nonbreeding habitat
Vital to the work of the Cerulean Warbler Technical Group has been the collaboration among members to evaluate population status and coordinate planning for future activities, principally in conservation implementation. Two plans have been produced, one a general strategy for the conservation and management of the species over its entire range, and a more restricted plan for conservation of non-breeding populations, their landscapes, and the economic vitality of the local communities. In the process several notable conservation implementation successes have been achieved affecting nearly 355,701 ha affecting as much as 2% of the species non-breeding range and benefiting an estimated 35,570 Cerulean Warblers on their non-breeding range in South America. We recommend increased coordination among stakeholders to enable the replication and scaling up of conservation actions on an additional 4.4 million ha, which will help achieve the stated goal of doubling the population to 1,000,000 individuals. Also, we urge the scientific community to engage in research at conservation project sites to contribute vital monitoring and biological information to adapt conservation strategies.