Rouge River Bird Observatory was established in 1992 to explore an
understudied area of research: the importance of urban natural areas to
birds. In our increasingly urbanizing world, habitat fragments in
metropolitan areas are coming critical to the survival of birds.
Understanding these ecosystems and how birds use them is essential for
does more than support RRBO research. The skills learned by
RRBO banders lay the foundation for successful careers, creating a
ripple effect that greatly magnifies your contribution.
Here's an example:
volunteering with RRBO when he was only 12 years old, helping on our
annual Christmas Bird Counts.
When it came time for college, Greg chose UM-Dearborn so he could
continue to participate in RRBO research. He became a bird bander, bird
surveyor, and led bird walks and school programs. Greg became aware of
the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
through RRBO's work there.
He started working there as an intern prior to graduation, continued
through his graduate degree, and is now a full-time Refuge Biologist.
We look forward to Greg's daughter Ruth joining the RRBO team one
|This year, I'll be
featuring species that represent RRBO milestones. Here's our latest
May 13, 1993, we captured an interesting bird in our banding nets. It
looked something like one of our most commonly-banded species, a
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla), but
it did not have an entirely yellow breast. It was with some amazement
that we confirmed this bird was actually a Virginia's
Warbler (Oreothlypis virginiae) --
a bird typically found in the southwestern U.S.
This was the first record of this species for the state of Michigan,
and one of the few at the time east of the Mississippi.
The record was documented in the following paper:
Craves, J. A. 1994. First state record:
Virginia's Warbler. Michigan Birds and Natural History
And you can read the full
story on the RRBO web site.
If you are interested in other rarities that have been seen in
Dearborn, take a look at the Dearborn
bird checklist, compiled and maintained by RRBO.
|We have a Chimney Swift tower!
Swifts are probably familiar summer birds to many of us, yet their
populations are in real trouble. Part of the reason is that most modern
chimneys are no longer suitable for these birds to nest or roost in.
Fortunately, it's possible to construct substitutes. That's just what
Stephen Licious did for his Eagle Scout project. The new tower is
behind the Environmental Interpretive Center, awaiting its first
Read all about it and check out the photos at the RRBO
blog Net Results.
|Moth program a success!
program with the author of the new
field guide to moths, Seabrooke Leckie, was a success.
About 30 participants were treated to a short presentation on moths and
the environment, and then we made the rounds of Seabrooke's moth
attracting set-ups. Even with the cool weather, we were able to attract
and identify 17 species, like the Curve-toothed Geometer above.
Read about the evening at our blog Net Results.
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