Great news for our research on Prothonotary Warblers, Dr. Tonra and Elizabeth Ames received a generous grant from the Columbus Audubon Society to examine the nesting ecology of this iconic species. Our project, "Thinking inside the box: Evaluating the relative value of natural vs. artificial cavities in habitat patches of varying size for Prothonotary Warblers", will fund an important aspect of Liz's thesis, as the bulk of work on this species has focused on birds in artificial nests. Understanding how breeding season limitation of individuals using natural cavities, which is the bulk of the population, is different from those using boxes is critical to conservation efforts. This work will complement other aspects of Liz's thesis, which includes testing for winter to breeding carry-over effects. Thank you Columbus Audubon for supporting our research!
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