The bay-breasted warbler are classified as Sensitive in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report.
Also see the Status of the Bay-breasted Warbler in Alberta report at:
- Populations of this fish have decreased over the past few decades due to:
- Habitat fragmentation and loss, primarily as a result of forestry, oil and gas development and agricultural expansion threaten
the breeding habitat of the bay-breasted warbler.
- Removal of older stands combined with short rotation lengths (time interval between successive harvests) tends to keep forests
at younger stages of maturity.
- Exploration for oil and gas contributes to the loss of habitat and leads to fragmentation of the remaining forest by creating
long-term linear disturbances such as roads and cutlines.
- This loss of habitat quantity and quality has been implicated in the population declines of neotropical songbirds across
North America. Similar habitat change affects the wintering grounds of these species.
- Under Alberta’s Wildlife Act, the bay-breasted warbler is designated as a non-game animal and it is illegal to
kill or harass individuals or disturb their nests at any time of the year.
- There are no management activities specific to the bay-breasted warbler in Alberta, and detailed information on the population
trend and habitat use is lacking.
- Alberta’s Endangered Species Conservation Committee has recommended the conservation of its habitat through long-term forest
management focused on maintaining populations that are well distributed over the species’ historical range. Modifications
to resource extraction activities that currently affect the preferred habitat of the bay-breasted warbler will be critical
to lessen their impact on this species.
Updated: Jan 8, 2014