Hey guys, sorry for the delayed updates (again). I somehow plan to write at least once a week and then I seem to get distracted with other things and eventually forget to write my posts.
So as far as updates go. Besides the amount of work I have been doing at my job, which has been draining all my energy by the end of the day, I have been involved in a few side projects which I am very excited (and nervous) about. The Florida Fish and Wildlife has partnered up with an organization called the “Florida Shorebird Alliance” and has been doing some really cool projects involving shorebirds. Basically, shorebirds have been nesting less and less throughout recent years because of loss of habitat at the beach. More and more people, and pets have been taking over their nesting spots so they have adapted to nest on rooftops of certain building with appropriate substrate. The substrate is a gravel like flat surface on top of roofs for any type of building. (big or small) The problem with this is that baby chicks have a danger in falling out of the roof through the rain gutters from the buildings and now, more owners are resurfacing the rooftops to just concrete which makes it impossible for these shorebirds to nest there. It’s very critical that we monitor breeding status for many shorebirds to make sure they are not in danger of being threatened.
Another project that i am hoping to get started by fall of 2014 is a Bird-Window Collision Project using GIS (geographic information system). I need a professor to lead the project and then I need to get 4 undergraduate students to be part of my team. I will have control for most of the project but researchers need a professor to supervise the whole thing and the 4 undergraduates to help with the workload. With this project, we will monitor three buildings with windows covering most of the structure and survey them for dead migrating birds. A lot of migrating birds that come through, hit windows and unfortunately die from the trauma. Some of them get lucky enough to just sustain minor injuries and are successfully rehabilitated and released back out. With this study we can see how frequently these birds are getting affected by certain types of windows and what species of bird is getting affected most.
That is as far as updates go. Besides that, I am just birding on the weekends until migration season dies down, then will probably start herping for the rest of the summer with a buddy of mine. We’ll see what’s out there!