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Tuesday, January 26 • 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Habitat Use of Fledglings and Site Fidelity of Cerulean Warblers In Southern Indiana

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AUTHORS: Clayton D. Delancey*, Claire E. Nemes, and Kamal Islam, Department of Biology, Ball State University

ABSTRACT: The cerulean warbler Setophaga cerulea is a Neotropical migrant listed as state-endangered in Indiana. Since 2007, we have been monitoring cerulean warbler breeding populations in Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe state forests as part of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, which is a collaborative, long-term, 100 year study on forest management techniques and the impacts on the plant and animal communities. Researchers from multiple universities are studying many taxa throughout the nine study units. Based on previous research, many Neotropical migrant fledglings move from mature forest habitat into areas of thick vegetation, like clear-cuts. We are interested in determining if fledgling cerulean warblers also follow this same pattern. We have limited knowledge on site fidelity differences between male and female cerulean warblers, along with the number of nesting attempts per season. Here we present new findings from our banding studies and from a pilot radio-telemetry project. These data can potentially be used to suggest forest management prescriptions that provide cerulean warblers with all their required habitat needs during the breeding season.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 4:00pm - 4:20pm EST
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