Sunday, May 10, 2020

Covid-19 Could Present an Interesting Ornithological Study for the Point Pelee Area #Ornithology

I was thinking recently that the Covid-19 shutdown of Point Pelee this year could present an interesting scientific inquiry on the disturbance of breeding birds by humans.

Since the park has been shut down to visitors this year, I am proposing that June Breeding Bird surveys in the park are taken - with an emphasis on declining species (White eyed Vireo and Yellow breasted Chat, Mourning Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow throated Vireo and Red headed Woodpecker come to mind).

Having a land-locked natural area free of human traffic during May - migration season, with well documented breeding records from the past -- presents a really interesting opportunity to answer a simple question: Are declining species breeding site selection affected by the presence of humans?

I think it could be a publishable study... I would love to read such as study.

Anyway - just a thought.

Here are some bird pics from the last week or so...

Good Birding!

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