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Get the latest news, announcements, and research highlights from our AFO members.  Below, are the most recent member blog posts.  For a full list of posts, click here.

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Passive restoration contributes to bird conservation in Brazilian Pampa grasslands

Passive restoration contributes to bird conservation in Brazilian Pampa grasslands Passive restoration (natural colonization) has been tested and used as tool to recovery-degraded habitats, mainly in forests. Researchers have investigated for the first time that southern South America grasslands in the process of passive restoration can provide suitable habitat for many species of grassland birds and is an appropriate management tool for biodiversity conservation. Bird species restricted solely to, or which make extensive use of…


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Microhabitat nest‐site selection by ducks in the boreal forest

Microhabitat nest‐site selection by ducks in the boreal forest   The boreal forest is one of the most important breeding areas for ducks in North America, but there is little information about the nest ecology of ducks from this region. New research just published in The Journal of Field Ornithology reveals microhabitat nest-site selection strategies of five species of boreal ducks from two nesting guilds. Nests were located by field crews that searched on foot…


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Researchers Develop an Effective Tool for Reducing Mammalian Predation at Nests of Critically Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrows

Researchers develop an effective tool for reducing mammalian predation at nests of critically endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrows   Predation is a common cause of nest failure for many birds, but sometimes predation rates can be high enough to warrant action by managers tasked with protecting imperiled species. Discovering new ways to prevent or decrease predation may be a critical step towards recovering endangered populations. New research just published in The Journal of Field Ornithology reveals…


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Gambling at a high-elevations: the risks of enlarged eggs for Mountain Bluebirds

Gambling at a high-elevations: the risks of enlarged eggs for Mountain Bluebirds Most studies that have looked at why female birds lay the number of eggs they do, and no more, have focused on the consequences of having too many mouths to feed. Few studies have focused on potential problems with having too many eggs to heat. One rarely tested hypothesis suggests that females lay as many eggs as they can effectively incubate. If they…


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2018 meeting recap

2018 meeting recap Between the 7th and 9th June, 2018 AFO held its annual meeting jointly with the Wilson Ornithological Society at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The meeting offered nearly 100 oral and poster presentations. Highlights from the program included the 2018 Margaret Morse Nice lecture given by Dr. Reed Bowman (Archbold Biological Station) entitled “The challenges of long-term research: getting the work done and keeping it relevant”, and the AFO plenary…


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