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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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Apparent survival of tropical birds in a wet, premontane forest in Costa Rica

Apparent survival of tropical birds in a wet, premontane forest in Costa Rica   Downpours, blustery winds, and a damp fog are not the best weather for doing fieldwork in Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio in Costa Rica. Although the inclement weather isn’t great for behavioral observations of White-ruffed Manakins, it does provide an excellent opportunity to write about our recent paper in the Journal of Field Ornithology – “Apparent survival of tropical birds in a…


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OC bimonthly news brief Jan-Feb 2019

The Ornithological Council is pleased to provide this bimonthly report covering activities from Jan - Feb 2019 The Ornithological Council seeks to: Ensure that the best ornithological science is incorporated into legislative, regulatory, and management decisions that affect birds; Enhance the ability of ornithologists to pursue professional activities; and Promote the influence of ornithology in public affairs. Our work focuses on animal welfare issues, permits, research funding, and other policies that affect ornithologists and ornithological…


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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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