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Prothonotary Warbler sitting on the fingers of a researcher

VCU Center for Environmental Studies faculty co-author study on declining Warbler population

July 1, 2019

A new, expansive study in The Condor: Orinthological Applications, was the result of collaboration between researchers from six states, 149 geolocators, data from 34 devices and a strong desire to find out why the Prothonotary Warblers’ survival are rapidly declining. Contributing to this research are VCU Center for Environmental Studies faculty Drs. Cathy Viverette and Lesley Bulluck.

The research generated such interest in the public, a reporter from the Washington Post wrote an article on its findings, “Songbird migration study finds a tiny, vulnerable winter range.”

Read the paper submitted to The Condor: Concentration of a widespread breeding population in a few critically important nonbreeding areas: Migratory connectivity in the Prothonotary Warbler.

From the American Ornithological Society: Study reveals key location for declining songbird.

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