Automated tracking of energy balance in wild hummingbirds

Using micro-RFID transponder technology, we will automate the identification of tagged hummingbirds at specially outfitted nectar feeder stations. This automated identification will be coupled with monitoring of hummingbird mass during perchfeeding permitting precise and repeatable tracking of weight (as a proxy for energy status) over hours, days, and whole seasons.

See previous years Project description for publication, images and posters from this ongoing research

Principal Investigator: Kenneth Welch

Researcher: Lily Hou

 

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