We completed our first field season in western North Carolina where we are studying the dynamics of populations at the southern extent of their range. Here are a few pictures from the season…
One of nearly 100 Canada Warblers that we color banded. For a species at the fringe of its range, it occurs at extremely high densities in our study area.
Canada Warbler nestlings. Clutch size is usually 4 or 5.
The loss of Carolina hemlocks due to the invasive woody adelgid is almost complete, but there is hope that new adelgid control measures will prove effective.
Rhododendron thickets abound and may be increasing as a result of the loss of hemolocks.
Sam Merker and Anna Joy Lehmicke setting up a net array.
This broad-winged hawk may have been trying to snatch birds out of our nets.
View from Albert Mountain.
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