Authors: M. L. Morrison, R. N. Wilkins

This Special Section tells the story of the federal listing of the golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia). What makes this species of interest to a broad audience is the impact that its legal listing had on a large part of a very large state: Texas, USA. When the species was listed under an emergency provision, many welcomed the decision, while others protested because of real and perceived changes in how they could manage private property. The behavior of state and federal personnel in making decisions regarding private lands and the warbler were, of course, the subject of much debate by supporters and opponents of the listing.

Suggested Citation

Morrison, M. L., and R. N. Wilkins. 2012. Introduction to the special section on golden-cheeked warbler conservation. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36: 400.