For 20 years, Charlotte Goedsche studied the Cerulean Warblers that breed in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. And she learned some fascinating things! For example, Charlotte could identify individual Cerulean Warbler males like this one, by listening to their songs. She hopes that her findings will help explain why the number of Cerulean Warblers has declined by more than 70% during the past 50 years. “The fact that they are declining dramatically makes it even more important to understand their habitat requirements,” Charlotte explains.
Recording Cerulean Warblers
With Charlotte Goedsche
Written by Todd Peterson
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[Song of Cerulean Warbler 168301]
For 20 years, Charlotte Goedsche [GET-cha] studied the Cerulean Warblers that breed in the mountains near Asheville,* North Carolina. Sadly, over the past 50 years, their numbers have declined by more than 70%. To understand why, Charlotte began recording the singing of breeding males.
[Song of Cerulean Warbler 85100]
“ it’s absolutely fascinating because I can distinguish almost always the different males and can even tell when I have a bird up there who has returned from the previous year! [Song of Cerulean Warbler 85100] And the fact that they are declining dramatically makes it even more important to understand their habitat requirements.”
Charlotte provides her findings to the National Park Service and to Audubon North Carolina.
“I think people all over the United States can get more active in conserving birds of all kinds by working with their Audubon Societies.”
[Song of Cerulean Warbler 73974]
To find your local Audubon, visit Audubon.org/chapters. BirdNote celebrates the efforts of our listeners — and the work of our partners, such as Audubon — to conserve birds and the environment we share.
For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.
Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Song of Cerulean Warbler  recorded by W.L. Hershberger; song of Cerulean Warbler  recorded by W.L. Hershberger; and song of Cerulean Warbler  recorded by G.A. Keller.
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Cerulean Warbler Atlas Project http://www.birds.cornell.edu/cewap/
Blue Ridge Parkway http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
Audubon North Carolina http://nc.audubon.org/
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society http://emasnc.org/