brendanboyd

Unido: 05.oct.2017 Última actividad: 27.nov.2022 iNaturalist Canada

My PhD research focused on the effect forest fragmentation has on wood thrushes in Norfolk County, Ontario. The four field seasons kept me in Ontario's Carolinian forests from sunrise until sunset, seven days a week, for four months of the year, and once I sorted out a portable mothing setup, even longer than that. The wood thrush project saw us find about 800 nests, band 600 wood thrushes, and deploy more than 300 Motus radio-tags. Suffice to say I have a deep familiarity with all things wood thrush.

While birds/birding have always been my primary focus, I spend many nights each summer running sheets and light traps for moths. I try to identify any non-moth insects that show up as well-- mostly beetles, flies, and the like. I often raise a few species of silk moths each year, including cecropia, polyphemus, promethea, and luna. I spent quite a bit of time catching Odonates this summer, and I'm hooked.

Typically I spend a few weeks at one of Long Point Bird Observatory's banding stations each spring, running Breakwater for the better part of the last three spring seasons. In June I've been doing point counts for Ontario's 3rd Breeding Bird Atlas. I also participated in COSEWIC surveys for Davis's shieldback katydids in 2019/2020.

Always striving to be a better naturalist.

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