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Tuesday, February 7 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Radio-tracking Fledgling Cerulean Warblers in Southern Indiana

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AUTHORS: Clayton D. Delancey; Garrett MacDonald; Claire Nemes; and Kamal Islam, Department of Biology, Ball State University

ABSTRACT: The Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea), a Neotropical migratory songbird, is listed as state-endangered in Indiana. We have been monitoring Cerulean Warbler breeding populations in Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe state forests since 2007 as part of a 100-year project called the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. This long-term study aims at determining the effects of different forest management techniques on plant and animal communities. Based on previous research, many mature forest-dependent Neotropical migrant fledglings move from mature forest habitat into areas of thick vegetation such as clear-cuts. We are interested in determining where fledgling Cerulean Warblers disperse to after leaving their nests, but before migrating to their wintering grounds. It is believed that Cerulean Warblers, in particular, fledglings, do not follow this pattern. We present new information on fledgling movements through banding and radio-telemetry studies. Information gathered from our studies can potentially be used to suggest forest management prescriptions that provide Cerulean Warblers with all of their required habitat needs throughout the breeding season.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Lancaster Ballroom

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