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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:35am - 10:55am
Brown-Headed Nuthatch Population In WNC: Breeding Habits And Population Dynamics

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Brown-headed Nuthatches (Sitta pusilla) are small secondary cavity-nesters that inhabit open, mature pine forests of the southeastern United States. A possibly disjunct population has been reported for several decades in the region near Asheville, NC. Studies on the breeding biology of this resident songbird have been restricted to the piedmont and coastal plain. This study is intended to collect data on the local population of brown-headed nuthatches to better understand the habitat preferences, breeding phenology, and nest success of the mountain population. I will be collecting data on their nesting and breeding behaviors in both rural and urban habitats. I built and set up nest boxes specific to these birds at UNC Asheville’s campus and the Botanical Gardens, The Asheville School’s campus, and Sandy Mush Game Lands. Previous boxes set up at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary will also be used, for a total of 52 nest boxes at 4 locations. These locations provide a wide range of habitats for a comparison in the behavior and population dynamics of brown-headed nuthatches.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:35am - 10:55am
103 Rhoades-Robinson Hall

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