OSU Researchers Worry About Warblers

OSU researchers studying a migratory songbird that finds its breeding grounds central and eastern United States only lives in just one country in South America during winter.

The Prothonotary Warbler is the bird, 34 of them were fitted with tracking technology that told researchers that after breeding the fly to Colombia and live in area only 20% of the size of their breeding grounds in the US.

Strangely enough most of the tracked warblers made stops in the same three locations in Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula.

While the results are fascinating the are at least equally concerning. The are they winter in is threatened by deforestation. These warblers are a species of concern here in the US as well as in other states because of their population decline in the past century.

The lead author is Chris Tonra.