And today in the field

I am surveying burned areas in northeast Pennsylvania for all birds but with a focus on Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chyrsoptera). These areas are beautiful and often remote and today I was reminded that we share those habitats with other wildlife. Enjoy.

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Wood Thrush nest update: Slocum success

The sad fact of nature is that most bird nests that you would come across fail. Everything eats bird eggs: other birds, mice, raccoons, even deer. So it’s nice to see when a nest fledges (of course nothing is guaranteed after that but being able to fly away has got to help). ¬†Today we checked a nest with a wildlife cam and the nest was empty. Even before checking the camera I suspected they made it out of the nest but always good to confirm. The surprising this about this nest at Francis Slocum State Park (Dallas, PA), is that the nest was in a forest fragment, on the edge, near lots of people.

You can tell this is a fledgling from the spotted back and the yellow gape. Good luck little one.

Wood Thrush fledgling
Wood Thrush fledgling
Summer Research Projects

Summer Research Projects

Working on a few research projects this summer including

  • surveying Pennsylvania statet game lands that were recently burned for Golden-winged Warblers
  • monitoring Wood Thrush nests
  • DNA barcoding insects that were collected that past three years
  • Quantifying the effect of deer on understory vegetation

I’m primarily focused on the bird surveys. Getting up at 4 AM isn’t fun but I love the early mornings in the woods. I have a team of several undergraduate students looking for nests and doing the DNA barcoding. I set a senior capstone team on the deer browsing project.

It’s a challenge to keep everything going but the students are fantastic!

Field crew
Emily, Maddie, Zoya, Ana