Tracking Juvenile Grassland Songbirds from Fledging to Migration – Understanding Bobolinks First Year of Life

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University of New England

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This project aimed to describe 1) local movement, habitat selection and survival of fledgling and post-fledgling Bobolinks (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) in hayfields and pastures, and identify the 2) timing and trajectory of fall migration of juvenile Bobolinks from Shelburne, Vermont towards their wintering grounds. This research is an integral part of a long-term project studying the full life-cycle of this species, including their migration and nesting ecology in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. This study covers the only period of the annual cycle that we have yet to assess for this population – the fledgling stage.

Program Report: 2023 Findings Report Blake-Nuttall_Stevens

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