Worm-eating Warbler Survey

In Tennessee, the Worm-eating Warbler, which breeds on the Gorge's steepest slopes, is listed as a "species of concern". How can we protect this fragile population?


Why birds?

Birds are an indicator species, which means if they're not healthy, there's a lot more that's not healthy! 

With a generous grant from Benwood Foundation, the Trust will be conducting research in the Tennessee River Gorge from May 2014 through May 2016, focusing on Worm-eating Warblers. The focus of this survey will be both population numbers as well as post-fledgling foraging habitat needs, i.e. what the young birds need when they come off the nest. The Trust will use the data gathered in this project to determine best management practices for stewarding our forests to promote productivity and survivorship for these at-risk birds.

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Holland Youngman, Researcher

Holland is a native of the South Carolina coast, and a graduate of Clemson University. She has enjoyed working environmental conservation jobs in Wyoming, Mississippi and Texas; and recently left her position with the SC Department of Natural Resources in Charleston to move to Chattanooga. She is thrilled to be here, where she will pursue her Masters of Environmental Science degree at UTC while working with the TRGT conducting Worm-eating Warbler research.

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