Story by Melody Kroll
Julie Jenkins is a third-year graduate student in the Division of Biological Sciences. She studies two neotropical migratory songbirds in central Missouri, the Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) and the Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens). She is particularly interested in their post-fledgling behavior, habitat use, and survival.
Jenkins uses radio-telemetry for her studies. Newly fledged birds are fitted with small radio-transmitters (0.3 g) and tracked over a thirty-day period or until they die or leave the study area. She records the location of the juvenile birds every day, noting aspects of behavior and the micro-habitat in which they are found.