Stutchbury lab does research on the conservation biology and ecology of
migratory songbirds in
pioneered the use light level “geolocators” to track individual
songbirds to their wintering grounds and back.
Geolocators are a now a widely used and critical conservation tool
for songbirds that allows us to identify the core wintering regions
and stopover sites, and hence potential threats. We have
accumulated large geolocator data sets, across the breeding range,
for both Wood Thrushes (>100 birds) and Purple Martins (>250
birds) that allow us to test many questions about migration
ecology and conservation.
McKinnon et al. 2013 geolocator review.pdf
Stutchbury et al.
2009 geolocator tracking.pdf
We have tracked Wood Thrushes from sites across the breeding and
wintering range to study the carry-over effects from breeding to
fall migration, the flexibility in timing of departure from
Central America, the differences in spring migration schedule
between naive juveniles and experienced adults, and to create a
migratory connectivity map for the species.
McKinnon et al. 2015. Carry over effects. pdf
McKinnon et al. 2014 Juvenile migration.pdf
Stanley et al. 2015
Stanley et al. 2012 Inflexible migration schedules.pdf
Stutchbury et al. 2010 Breeding/molt carry over effect.pdf
Purple Martin Migration
collaboration with the Purple Martin Conservation Association, we have
teamed up with researchers, biologists, and volunteers across North
America to track hundreds of purple martins. We have identified the core
wintering sites occupied in Brazil, tested whether populations could
migrate earlier in the warmest year on record, and mapped how birds
navigate the Gulf of Mexico barrier in fall. We are currently studying
how landscape cover and rainfall influences intra-tropical migration and
the extent of individual flexibility in timing and routes.
Fraser et al. 2013.
Spring migration warmest year.pdf
Fraser et al. 2013.
Fall pace and Gulf of Mexico.pdf
Fraser et al. 2012. Purple Martin Migratory Connectivity.pdf
Habitat Quality and Juvenile
Survival of Songbirds
ecology of songbirds, on both the breeding and wintering grounds, is
fundamental to developing informed conservation strategies. Very little
is known about the survival of young after they leave the nest because
they must be radio-tracked. Even less is know about their fate after
they disperse from their parent's territory. Our new research program
will use the MOTUS automated telemetry array in southwestern Ontario to
track the dispersal, survival and onset of all migration in declining
grassland and forest birds.
Tarof et al. 2011.
Juvenile survival purple martin.pdf
Eng et al. 2011. Fledgling survival hooded warbler. pdf
Moore et al. 2010. Fledgling survival grosbeak.pdf
Imlay et al. 2010. Juvenile survival shrike.pdf
Direct Impacts of Humans on
MSc student Sean Chin is
conducting a study of window-collision mortality on the York U campus to
better quantify overall mortality and to identify potential
building in need of mitigation.
New research projects have
begun in collaboration with Dr. Christy Morrissey (U Saskatchewan) to
study the impacts sub-lethal effects of pesticides on songbird migration.