The effect of whisper calls on the settlement decisions in female Veeries

The effect of whisper calls on the settlement decisions in female Veeries

One of this year’s Student Presentation Awards goes to William Fetzner, who recently graduated from Texas Tech University with an M.S. in Biology. William presented his research in an oral presentation in a Vocalization & Communication session of the joint AFO-WOS meeting in Chattanooga, TN, USA. Below is a contributed post from William on his research:

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Implications for using singed feathers in determining geographic origin with wildlife forensics approaches

Implications for using singed feathers in determining geographic origin with wildlife forensics approaches

One of this year’s Student Presentation Awards goes to Abigail Reid, a high school student in the Science Research Program at Pawling High School, NY. Abigail presented her research as an oral presentation in a Methodology & Techniques session of the joint AFO-WOS meeting in Chattanooga, TN, USA. Below is a contributed post from Abigail on her research:

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AFO Afield – June 2017 issue

AFO Afield – June 2017 issue

The most recent issue of the Association of Field Ornithologist’s biannual newsletter, AFO Afield is now available for download. In this issue, we provide a summary of the NAOC VI meeting that was held in Washington D.C. in August 2016. In so doing, we present the recipients of the AFO Student Presentation Awards, the Best Student Publication Award, the Bergstrom Research Awards, and the Pamela L. and Alexander F. Skutch Fund Research Award.

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Response of gut microbiota to the energetic demands of long-distance passerine migration

Response of gut microbiota to the energetic demands of long-distance passerine migration

One of 2013’s Bergstrom Award recipients was William Lewis, a Master’s student at the University of Southern Mississippi. Below is a contributed post from William on his research:   My name is William Lewis and a few years ago the Association of Field Ornithologists awarded me the E. Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Research Award to help finance my research examining the gut microbiota of migratory passerines stopping along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  I obtained my Master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in December 2015 and wanted to report on the major findings of my research. The gastrointestinal tracts of vertebrates host a very large and diverse community of microorganisms (the gut microbiota) which has been

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