The Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina) is a rare, forest-interior, neotropical migrant that is restricted in British Columbia to the Boreal Plains and Taiga Plains ecoprovinces. Its distribution is linked with the distribution of mature and old-growth white spruce and mixedwood stands, and appears to be linked with the distribution and timing of spruce budworm infestations. Because distribution and populations may be limited, to a large extent, by spruce budworm outbreaks, Cape May Warbler habitat may be more difficult to manage than habitat of other songbird species of concern in the northeast. Although little is known about the biology of the Cape May Warbler in British Columbia, harvesting of mature spruce and mixedwood stands is the primary cause for concern. Habitat loss could become a significant factor, mainly in the long term, because much of its available habitat is located far from local mills. The Cape May Warbler should be retained on the Red List because of its small population size, continuing
Cooper, J.M., Enns, K.A.; Shepard, M.G.. 1997. Status of the Cape May Warbler in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Species Status Report. WR82
Topic: Species status
Keywords: cape may warbler, dendroica tigrina, species, status, report
Scientific Name: Dendroica tigrina
English Name: Cape May Warbler
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