Mourning Warbler

As climate change continues to escalate, many bird species are negatively affected. Consequently, it is important to research changes in ranges and abundances of bird species globally. This past summer, I worked as a field tech in Northern Ontario for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas documenting these changes. This research has important implications for conservation and understanding the ecological requirements for successful bird breeding. During my time up north, I frequently reported mourning warblers; however, I rarely saw them. Interestingly, mourning warblers were noted as 'very uncommon' in the far north during the last atlas nearly 20 years ago! It will be interesting to see if their range increases north in the current atlas.
A yellow and grey mourning warbler perched on a branch.