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Prothonotary Warbler Site Fidelity and Migratory Songbird Habitat Studies Ongoing at Tishomingo NWR
Southwest Region, October 5, 2006
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              Dr. Douglas Wood of Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently completed his fourth field season of a five year Prothonotary Warbler study at Tishomingo NWR. The study should show the amount of site fidelity in early successional bottomland forest on Tishomingo NWR. A total of 583 warblers have been banded to this point.

            Dr. Wood, a master bander, is also determining migratory songbird use of the refuge for stop-over habitat and confirming nesting on the refuge by certain neartic-neotropical species. The spring migratory banding project netted 302 individuals and forty-four species in a single season.

            Dr. Wood continued to assist the refuge with conducting banding demonstrations for local school groups which provides a valuable education experience for refuge visitors. Species of interest that have been banded in 2006 include Painted Bunting, Mourning Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird, and Acadian Flycatcher.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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