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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Comparing Stopover Habitat Use for Migrating White-throated Sparrows in Western New York

The recent declines in migratory bird numbers have led scientists to evaluate where conservation efforts would have the greatest impact on population recovery. Ornithologists have become increasingly interested in identifying and protecting stopover sites, which provide migrating birds with food and shelter while they make the long, dangerous flight to spring breeding grounds. High-quality stopover habitats are especially important when they are adjacent to geographic barriers, such as deserts and large bodies of water. This study compares white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) body condition and habitat use along the Lake Ontario shoreline with areas farther inland. My research project will tell us if birds with different levels of energy stores choose different stopover habitats during spring migration, how birds spend their time at each location, and will hopefully suggest reasons why these differences exist.

Presenter: Christina Hoh (Graduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 9:45 am (Session I)
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