We banded White Wolf a few days ago, which I think might be my favorite site. We had a slow day, but got some great birds, including a female Williamson’s Sapsucker. It’s so different from the male; at one time they thought they were different species. We also got a Black-backed Woodpecker! They are really rare in the park, and we really didn’t expect to get one at White Wolf. Their usual habitat is recently burned forests because they prefer to nest in burned snags. As far as anyone known, this is the first time we’ve banded one in the park.
I am currently a graduate student at William & Mary studying the effects of mercury on birds and bird populations with The Institute for Bird Behavioral Studies (iibbs). I started this blog before summer 2009 to keep people up-to-date on my summer internships with the Institute for Bird Population's MAPS Program. I will be using this blog in graduate school to stay in-touch and blog about science.