Week 1 of Remote Area Medical Clinical Operations

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Semester Summary

Due to the labor intensive nature of this project, field work was started this past spring semester in March. Graduate student Heather Kenny, who is conducting an independent behavioural study with Eastern Bluebirds and co-advising my project, trained a team of four undergraduate assistants to begin the banding process. It was important to begin banding early so that we would be able to keep track of individual birds and to prevent a backlog of work that would prevent us from conducting the behavioral assays in sync with the birds’ reproduction. Each bird participating in the studies was given a unique band combination. This allowed for individuals to be kept track of, which is especially useful if the pair changes nest boxes.

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Meetings, Protocols, and Eggspensive Machines! – Week 1 Update

After a brief summer, last week I made my way back to the ‘burg. My summer of birds began with a meeting with my advisor and we established a general plan for the next 10 weeks. Since this summer I will be continuing work that I have already been working on during the school year, it didn’t take long for my Natalie, my lab partner, and I to get back into the swing of things.

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