All DocumentsCerulean Warbler Forest Enhancement Project Flyer (WVA)
Take advantage of funding opportunities for private landowners to manage woodlands for forest health and wildlife benefits!
Reforest Your Coal Mined Land Advertisement
If you own land that was surfact mined for coal during or after 1980 that is primarily flat and covered with exotic grasses and shrubs and would like to return it to the native forest, then contact Kylie Schmidt with Green Forests Work. Funding may be available to cover a substantial portion of the cost. American chestnuts may be included in the planting mix.
Cerulean Warbler Enhancement Project: Step-by-Step Landowner Guide (WVA)
This small insect-eater breeds in older deciduous forests with broken canopies (see Forest Profiles page) across much of the eastern United States and spends the nonbreeding season in forested habitats in the northern Andes of South America. Although the Cerulean Warbler was formerly among the most abundant breeding warblers in the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys, its numbers have plummeted by 70% since the 1960s. West Virginia is home to an estimated 36% of the remaining population, more than any other state. Declines are partly due to a lack of adequate forest structure and composition across the breeding grounds. With a large proportion of the remaining population of Cerulean Warblers and an abundance of forest resources to work with, West Virginians have a tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact on forest habitats and the wildlife that use them.
Golden-winged Warbler BMP Fact Sheet
This document is meant to accompany Best Management Practices for Golden‐winged Warbler (GWWA) Habitats in the Appalachian Region. Breeding GWWAs require a dense vegetation structure, often found in early successional patches within forested landscapes. Thus, the goal of this BMP is to present management guidelines to land managers interested in providing breeding habitat for GWWAs through timber harvesting.
In addition, the Golden-winged Warbler Working Group has released Habitat Supplements for Deciduous Forests, Minelands, Abandoned Farmlands, Grazed Forestland, Utility Rights-of-Ways, and Forest and Shrub Wetlands, that include information that applies to all habitat types in the Appalachians and accompanies the Best Management Practices for Golden-winged Warbler Habitats in the Appalachian Region.
AMJV Partnership Successes for Song Birds and Game Species
Creating and enhancing a variety of habitats supports a diversity of wildlife and activities, from birdwatching to hunting. This is because habitats used by migratory songbirds are also home to turkey, quail, deer and other wildlife. The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture brings together organizations focusing on the sustainability of songbirds, game species, and natural resources to prioritize and coordinate management activities for efficient, effective bird conservation. Read about our partners’ accomplishments in the Appalachians that are benefitting both song and game birds and leading to a greater variety of habitats for a diversity of wildlife, people, and activities.
Priority Landbird Species
AMJV and partners have listed 107 priority bird species within its region; here is a list of landbirds most in need of conservation action.