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Kicked out or moving out? Fledging behaviors of grassland songbirds

Kicked out or moving out? Fledging behaviors of grassland songbirds   Leaving one’s family home is a momentous occasion for all children, human or otherwise, but for birds it’s not well-known how much of this event is up to the parents’ influence or the nestlings’ choice. This is especially true in the grasslands, where birds build well-camouflaged nests down among the grasses and low shrubs, and where sightlines can stretch for miles in all directions,…


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Researchers use thermal cameras to detect roosting birds

Researchers use thermal cameras to detect roosting birds   Where do small birds sleep? Mostly in trees is the short answer, but as so often occurs in ecology, there is more to the story… If you were a bird, a few critical things might influence where you choose to spend the night. First and foremost, you don’t want to be eaten by a predator! And, if you want to get some rest, you can’t rely…


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The nesting ecology of Gray Flycatchers

Spatial and temporal factors associated with nest survival of Gray Flycatchers in managed ponderosa pine forests During our research on cavity-nesting birds in the Wenas Valley, WA, we observed a breeding population of Gray Flycatchers. The species, a Neotropical migrant, has a widespread breeding distribution in the arid and semi-arid regions of the western United States. As a result of climate change, many Neotropical bird species are expected to shift their distributions northward as regional…


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A golden opportunity: SOLO Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness First Aid course

A golden opportunity: SOLO Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness First Aid course As ornithologists, we frequently find ourselves engaged in avian field research in remote or challenging locations. We find ourselves in beautiful systems intently observing and monitoring species. We find ourselves recreationally in mountains and woodlands and on beaches. We find ourselves beyond the ‘golden hour’, described as the critical first hour after an injury or illness occurs (Hubbell, 2014). I am a field biologist and…


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Recommendations for selecting an arthropod sampling method

Recommendations for selecting an arthropod sampling method Since many birds are insectivorous, their study often requires an accurate understanding of the arthropod prey community, including studies into resource selection, dietary overlap, and drivers of population density. However, ornithologists struggle to properly apply arthropod sampling techniques for a variety of reasons. First, there are many different arthropod sampling methods to choose from, each with their own problems and biases. Secondly, some habitats, such as forests, are…


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