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 laid more eggs, then some or perhaps all eggs would fail to hatch.... continue reading.
Member notes from the field: David Millican Entry 1 It’s early October, “springtime” in Namibia. This is not the cool Blacksburg spring to which I’m accustomed. This “springtime” is dry, dehydrating, and desiccating; the discovery of true damnation. The moisture evaporates off my tongue as if it were splashed on a frying pan, the last bit of medicine from your Nalgene. The thrush does not sit outside my window and call, for it too sees the futility in displaying in this heat. Nor does the sweet smell of flowers fill the air. A few sporadic trees are budding, leaving purple, yellow, and white carpets beneath their canopies; but most are waiting for the rains, which are still a couple... continue reading.
Greg Davies: AFO’s 2019 Skutch Research Award recipient This year’s Pamela and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award goes to Greg Davies for research on Sungrebes in Costa Rica.... continue reading.
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:... continue reading.
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:... continue reading.
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... continue reading.
Everyone has big ideas – cool experiments to conduct in exotic locations or with interesting but hard to work with organisms – but that can cost money… and research funding is increasingly competitive. Experiment.com is a crowd-sourced funding platform for scientific research.... continue reading.