Zebra Finches Update 3

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This past week, I have continued to mass and observe the zebra finches as they grow and develop. I have run into some technical problems, but am working out the kinks in my protocol. For example, I have been struggling with recording their begging calls as the room they are housed in is too loud […]

Zebra Finch Begging: Update 1

This week and last were dedicated to setting up the necessary technology for my project and troubleshooting. For my project, I am observing the begging behavior and calling structure of zebra finches when exposed to a mercury or control based sub-lethal treatment. Currently, I have 3 control pairs and 2 mercury treated pairs set up […]

Bird-Strike Protocol

Within the first months of summer, we have set a foundation for future bird-strike assessment and protocols. First, a little background information. Our research focuses on the assessment and prevention of bird-window collisions (a.k.a bird-strike) at William and Mary Hall. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many birds, foreign and native to campus, strike the Hall’s large glass […]