2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Rusty Blackbird Migratory Habitat Dynamics in Northeastern Missouri
Lauren Canham♦
Dr. Jason Luscier, Faculty Mentor

The Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) is considered one of the fastest declining bird species in North America and consequently it is important to develop region-specific conservation strategies for these populations. Causes of Rusty Blackbird decline are largely unknown but may be due in part to the decrease in wetlands in migratory stopover and wintering habitats, as Rusty Blackbirds are unique among blackbirds in that they primarily use wooded wetlands. This migratory bird species is thought to use stopover sites in northeastern Missouri to rest and refuel before continuing on to the wintering or breeding grounds during migration; however, very little is known about specific habitat use patterns at these migratory stopover sites. No research has been done in northeastern Missouri regarding the Rusty Blackbird and there has been very little research regarding their migratory patterns and behavior . This information will support local conservation efforts of declining species in this area. We will evaluate Rusty Blackbird habitat use, migratory stopover durations, and transient population sizes with occupancy estimation and distance sampling.

Keywords: Rusty Blackbird, Migration, Population Decline

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 2-12
Location: GEO
Time: 3:30

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