[midvalleybirds] new paper on spring migration in Oregon

Mary Garrard springazure1 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 8 06:16:30 PST 2019

Very cool, Karan and Jim and all! 

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. The Dalai Lama

> Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Robinson, William Douglas" <douglas.robinson at oregonstate.edu>
> Subject: [AVES] new paper on spring migration in Oregon
> Date: November 7, 2019 at 12:16:45 PM PST
> To: AVES <aves at lists.oregonstate.edu>
> Congratulations to Karan and Jim Fairchild, local birders and Audubon Society of Corvallis leaders, whose diligent efforts to tabulate the species they encountered each day on their property for nearly 30 years led to a new research article in the open-access journal PeerJ. 
> The article is titled Idiosyncratic changes in spring arrival dates of Pacific Northwest migratory birds and can be accessed at this link:
> https://peerj.com/articles/7999/
> The data digitization, analysis and publication process involved many OSU students, including one undergraduate and one graduate student (now postdoc) as co-authors. So in addition to making their valuable data publicly available, the process included professional development experience for several students.
> Interestingly, at their farm near Philomath, the Fairchild data show six species advanced their spring arrival dates substantially, sometimes by as much as 2 weeks since the mid 1980s, one species arrived much later (Willow Flycatcher) and several showed no change at all. The reason for the word Idiosyncratic in the title is that we were, for the most part, severely challenged in finding any consistent predictor of why some species advanced and others did not. But there’s more to the story you will just have to read….
> Congrats, again, to Jim and Karan!
> Doug
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