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Sparrow Team in Flight

Not only does today mark exactly one month since my arrival in south Florida, it’s also the day of my first helicopter ride ever!

We had originally planned to fly to Population A on Friday.  We were buckled up and fully decked out in our Nomex flight suits, gloves, leather boots, and helmets when the […]

By |April 14th, 2015|CSSS, News|Comments Off on Sparrow Team in Flight|

Prairie Fire

Prairie Fire
By Tom Virzi
Fire is a natural and important element in the south Florida prairies where we are studying both the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow and the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. Under natural conditions, fires started by lightning strikes occur relatively frequently during the early part of the rainy season. They perform an important ecosystem function by […]

By |April 11th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Prairie Fire|

Early Morning Routine

Early Morning Routine
By Tom Virzi
 

Ever wonder what a typical field day in the Everglades looks like? It starts with silhouetted trees against a pre-dawn sky in the Everglades National Park visitor’s center parking lot, our meeting place to drive together to our field sites out in the marl prairies. The beginning of the field season […]

By |April 6th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Early Morning Routine|

First nest of the season!

It has barely been two weeks, and we’ve already found the first nest of the season!

As the newbie to the team, I’m still getting the hang of how to find and resight our Cape Sable Seaside Sparrows.  The attention to song and color completely contrasts with my fieldwork on Greater Sage-grouse in Nevada last year.  Since we […]

By |March 26th, 2015|CSSS, News|Comments Off on First nest of the season!|

Sparrows are Singing!

Sparrows are Singing!
By Tom Virzi
 

We just finished up our first week in the field and found plenty of Cape Sable seaside sparrows singing!  That’s what the beginning of the field season is all about…finding those singing males.  As you can see from this photo this is no easy task.  We spend our mornings walking […]

By |March 21st, 2015|News|Comments Off on Sparrows are Singing!|

Team Sparrow on the Ground

Team Sparrow on the Ground
By Tom Virzi
 

Yesterday morning we started our 2015 field season for our Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow project!  On the left is Michelle Davis, Ecostudies wildlife biologist and field supervisor for the Cape Sable project.  That’s me in the middle.  To my right is our newest addition to the Ecostudies team, Irene Steves, […]

By |March 17th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Team Sparrow on the Ground|

Florida Grasshopper Sparrow

Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
By Tom Virzi
 

So for my first blog post from the field in 2015 I’m going to tell you about a different sparrow than you might be expecting.  I was just down in Florida setting up a new field experiment studying the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus), a closely-related cousin of the Cape Sable […]

By |March 5th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Florida Grasshopper Sparrow|

Field Season Around the Corner!

Field Season Around the Corner!
By Tom Virzi

I can’t believe it’s almost March and my first field season working on the Cape Sable seaside sparrow project with Ecostudies Institute is just around the corner!  All of our breeding season field projects are about to get into high gear so keep an eye on our Field Blog for […]

By |February 17th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Field Season Around the Corner!|

An Introduction

An Introduction
By Tom Virzi

Some of you may have noticed a new face on the Ecostudies website? Just in case you missed my recent addition to our personnel page, I thought I’d introduce myself to you here! I’m excited to join the Ecostudies team as the organization’s newest Research Ecologist. I come to Ecostudies from […]

By |November 3rd, 2014|News|Comments Off on An Introduction|

Bluebird Education on Military Lands

Bluebird Education on Military Lands
By Christa LeGrande

On Saturday 26 July, we hosted a bluebird education program on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Military Base (JBLM) with a small group of military families. The families that participated in this event have been a support system for each other and for me while our spouses are deployed or […]

By |August 4th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Bluebird Education on Military Lands|