Migratory Decisions

For my master's project and the work stemming from it, I investigated how energetic condition and other factors influence departure and directional decisions of songbirds on stopover. During fall migration, I studied the behavior and physiology of migrants at Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park, Maine. During spring migration, I studied the migrants at the Appledore Island Migration Station in Maine.

Release Tests:
For these studies, I wanted to investigate the departure and directional behaviors of migrants without having to keep them in captivity during the behavioral observations. To do so, I modified methods from Able and Terrill (1987) and performed "release tests" on migrants. See the description of how to use this method here.

Check out the publications from this project below: