The early bird gets the box!

The early bird gets the box!

Every year, we head up to our field sites a few weeks before we start field work full time. These checks are used to set up and make any repairs to the Tree Swallow nest boxes before the birds start nesting. The tree swallows are the first species to make it back to...

Field Season Wrap-Up

The 2015 field season was a big success for the Swallow Team! We are happy to report that we made lots of progress towards achieving our three main goals, which were to: 1) Monitor the breeding success and survival of Bank, Barn, Cliff, and Tree Swallows, 2) Determine...

You Are What You Swallow

As migratory birds, our swallows have begun their long journey to their wintering grounds, and as such our field season has come to a close. However, as this work ends, we now must begin the process of data analysis in the lab. Though much of our field work involves...

Small, but mighty!

Like any doting parent, I try not to pick favourites among the swallow species. I love each species for their unique behaivours and the challenges associated with working on them. That being said, I have a lot of respect for the toughness of our smallest swallow. Bank...

Chicks here, chicks there, chicks everywhere!

Our past few weeks have largely been defined by this one activity: nestling monitoring. Through nestling monitoring we get to see the entirety of a swallow’s early development as they grow from tiny, newly-hatched chicks to chubby fledglings. As our four species...