Associate researchers: Heather LePage, Luke Redmond, Daniel Kim, Roz Renfrew, Vanessa Sandoval, Vanesa Bejarano, Quillen Vidoz, Jose Ignacio Giraldo
In the United States, we study Scissort-tailed Flycatcher (T. forficatus) and Western Kingbirds (T. verticalis) in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Sill Army Reservation, and Elmer Thomas Park, Lawton (Fig. 1). These two species typically arrive at these sites in April and breed here from May to July. We study Eastern Kingbirds (T. tyrannus) at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon (Fig. 1).
At these sites, we conduct nest searching and monitoring, morphological behavioral measurements on captured birds, and deploy light-level geolocators on the adults to track migration.
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge (34° N, 98° W): Located near the city of Lawton, Oklahoma, this protected area is primarily composed of prairie and patches of oak forest.
Fort Sill Army Reservation (34° N, 98° W): Located near the city of Lawton, this military base was founded in 1869 and is primarily used for artillery training.
Elmer Thomas Park, Lawton (34° N, 98° W): Located at the edge of the town of Lawton, this park has several species of trees, such as Live Oak.
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (43° N, 117° W): Located in western Oregon, this protected area covers over 74,000 hectares.