Since our last update, things have been somewhat quiet because the little willow flycatchers flew north to spend their breeding season in North America. Yet, your ongoing support has sustained the program and is helping us prepare for the willow flycatcher season next month, thank you. Here are a couple of things we would like to share:
We used the last few months to review data from the 2020-2021 wintering season and shared it with collaborators at the Southern Sierra Research Station. Upon review, one bird stood out to us because it had been banded in 2017 as a second year bird. It is at least 4 years old! We are so grateful to you for supporting our partnership with the landowner where this flycatcher visited this past winter.
Our project collaborators at the Southern Sierra Research Station and the Guanacaste Conservation Area were featured in this beautiful documentary that explains how the bird genoscape project is connecting the geography dots for the willow flycatcher. The film is currently on tour at film festivals around the country. You help us to collect feathers from willow flycatchers that go to this mapping project, thank you.
We usually begin to see them at our monitoring sites in November, so this week we are preparing to participate in the Global Big Day volunteer birding event, and we are preparing our team to monitor the three sites in western Nicaragua. This year will be especially good because we are to work closely with the landowner at the northern site. We are so grateful to your support that has made this valuable research and protection efforts possible.
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