As part of BSBO’s goal to connect our migration research on neotropical migrants (e.g. warblers, vireos, tanagers) to a larger monitoring network and promote conservation on breeding grounds, stopover habitat, and wintering grounds, a member of BSBO's research team is currently undertaking an exciting opportunity in the rainforests of Costa Rica. With years of experience and as one of BSBO’s premier bird banders, Julie Shieldcastle, in cooperation with Costa Rica Bird Observatories, will be spending a month between two monitoring stations as part of an ongoing study of land bird populations in Costa Rica.
As much as we know about the needs of these birds during migration and the breeding season in North America, there still remains a gap of knowledge and communication concerning neo-tropical migrants on their wintering grounds in Central and South America. As exciting and educational as this experience will be for Julie and BSBO, it is also a step in bridging the two (very) different worlds of these long-distance migrants.
|Female White-collared Manakin|