This new site is very much "under construction" as I slowly climb a rather steep learning curve with new (to me) web design software! (Suggestions welcome.)
Ospreys - Migration, Population Trends, Ecology.
I have been studying Ospreys in southern New England since 1971. Beginning in 1998 I restarted an intensive census of the population on Martha's Vineyard. In 2013 we completed the 16th survey of the island's Ospreys.
Beginning in 2000, I started tagging Ospreys with satellite transmitters that enable us to follow their movements around their nests and their migration to South America and back. Most of this work has been on Martha's Vineyard, but I have tagged Ospreys from Virginia to northern New Hampshire.
For over a decade, my graduate students and I studied the thriving population of Barred Owls that live in the Charlotte suburbs and surrounding countryside. A remarkable 300 pairs of Barred Owls live within 10 miles of downtown Charlotte. test
Details of this work, including state-of-the-art plans for a Barred Owl nest box, are available on my old website. (Eventually, I'll move all that material over here, but in the meantime, this link will take you to the old site.)
From 1998 to 2011 I taught Ornithology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Sad to say, I'm sure that will be the last time the course will be taught there.
In 2002 I began teaching a 2-week intensive field Ornithology course at the Highlands Biological Station in the Smokey Mountains of western North Carolina. This course is offered in mid May or early June of even-numbered years. Pictured here is the class of '14, who registered a record 89 species in their 2 weeks on the Highlands Plateau.