Least Bell’s Vireo fieldwork

Luke spent part of spring/summer mist netting birds and also sampling Bell’s Vireos for his project on conservation genetics of Least Bell’s Vireo. This year, his efforts concentrated on the Arizona/California border which is a putative contact zone between Least Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) and the Arizona’s Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii arizonae). Now, it’s time to get some genetic data and see what the DNA can tell us. Next field season, Luke plans to sample throughout the range of the species so he can place his findings for the Least Bell’s Vireo in the context of variation seen throughout the entire distribution of the species.

Luke Klicka

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