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Seeing the Saw-Whet

“The research is invigorating and an inspiring way to be involved in ornithology and bird conservation,” Pruitt said. “Plus, the saw-whet owl is clearly the cutest owl in the world.”

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Show Me the Rails

In August the Research Frontiers blog highlighted Auriel Fournier’s summer field research in Saskatchewan, Canada, where she banded and measured captured rails as part of a project to better understand how the elusive wetland birds migrate. This fall, Auriel, a doctoral candidate with the Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the Department of Biological Sciences, has turned her attention to her ongoing fieldwork in Missouri. Auriel and her technicians head out at night on all-terrain vehicles in wetlands across the Show Me State, to document the response of rails to different management decisions. This is her fourth fall field...

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Nabbing a Python

It was night-time in Singapore when Phil Vogrinc came face-to-face with the longest species of snake in the world. Phil, a master’s student in the Department of Biological Sciences, spotted the reticulated python stretched out on the floor of a mangrove forest near a trail. Vogrinc, who is spending the summer in Singapore and Malaysia surveying certain semi-aquatic snakes for the National Science Foundation, captured the 8-foot snake. (Click here to read more about Phil’s research in East Asia this summer.) “Adult reticulated pythons can grow to almost 23 feet,” Phil said. “I gave the snake to Mary-Ruth Low,...

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Protecting a Threatened Crayfish

About half of the roughly 440 crayfish species native to North America are considered in need of protection, primarily due to the spread of invasive crayfish. That’s why a team of graduate students led by faculty in the Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the Department of Biological Sciences spent the summer studying the Mammoth Spring crayfish in the Ozark Highlands of Arkansas and Missouri. The Mammoth Spring crayfish is native to the Spring River drainage but is being threatened by the invasive ringed crayfish, which is native to the White River drainage but not native to the Spring...

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