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The Bobolink loves Bruce County!
As a threatened species in Ontario, give our local bird some Bruce County Lovin'...& Kickstart Me
The Bobolink loves Bruce County! As a threatened species in Ontario, give our local bird some Bruce County Lovin'...& Kickstart Me
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Bobolinks arrive in May, flying from Brazil and Argentina.They will only nest in grasslands...corn, soybean, and grain fields are not suitable. Even alfalfa hay fields won't work for these birds.In grass-legume fields, the nests are destroyed by haying equipment. They can't start over, as their nesting habits take 42 days...not enough time before the return trip to S. America.

In Kincardine area, hay fields & pasture are now mostly corn, soybean, and wheat acres. This is typical all over the Bobolink breeding grounds.The Bobolink is officially a threatened species in Ontario, with population declines of 10% per year!

My research will (1) examine & identify nests from the air with infra-red imaging (2) establish GPS locations of nests (3) implement a conservation haying plan that farmers can use in the future to maximize both hay quality and Bobolink breeding success.

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My research experience is in biochemistry, where (long ago) I examined acid-base and electrolyte regulation in human systems. I have a lot of letters after my name including B.Sc., B. Ed., M.Sc.

I have an interest in using new technology for the improvement of the environment and agriculture.

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