New York Natural Heritage Program
Cerulean Warbler
Setophaga cerulea (Wilson, 1810)
Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

State Protection: Species Of Special Concern
A native species at risk of becoming Threatened; does not qualify as Endangered or Threatened, but have been determined to require some measure of protection or attention to ensure that the species does not become threatened. NYSDEC may regulate the taking, importation, transportation, or possession of any Species of Special Concern as it deems necessary.

Federal Protection: Migratory Bird Treaty Act
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act implements various treaties and conventions between the U. S. and Canada, Japan, Mexico and the former Soviet Union for the protection of migratory birds. Under this Act, taking, killing, or possessing migratory birds, including nests or eggs, is unlawful unless specifically permitted by other regulations.

Did you know?
Cerulean Warblers use two distinct habitats in New York. One type is dry oak-hickory dominated ridegtops and side-slopes. The other is riparian forests or forested swamps with maple, ash, and sycamore trees.

State Ranking Justification [-]
Although Cerulean Warblers have expanded their distribution in New York since the early 1900s (Lindsay 1998), they have exhibited widespread population declines (Sauer et al. 2013) and the trend in increasing distribution for New York has recently ceased (McGowan and Corwin 2008). Many populations in New York occur on protected land where management can be tailored to this warbler's needs; however, maintaining landscapes with a high composition of forest remains a challenge. Management of forests on private lands can impact populations and requires landowner cooperation to limit fragmentation of mature forests.

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