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LPBO's Tree Swallow Research Project

The Tree Swallow is one of eastern North America?s most familiar and abundant birds, but populations have declined markedly in the past 20 years.

Tree Swallows normally nest in tree cavities excavated by other species like woodpeckers, but they also readily accept nest boxes. On its breeding grounds, the Tree Swallow is a favourite species for biologists to study.

Since the late 1960s, Long Point Bird Observatory has monitored three nest box 'colonies' of Tree Swallows: one at the Tip of Long Point, and two on the mainland (at the Port Rowan Wetland and Mud Creek study sites).

This project's objectives are: (1) to provide a long-term record of Tree Swallows' breeding performance in relation to food supply and climate; (2) to provide other opportunities for research on breeding swallows; and (3) to provide training in field ornithology for students and volunteers.

The Long Point Tree Swallow project has a superb 35-year data set relating food abundance and weather conditions to breeding performance, providing a sound basis for research on a variety of topics.

LPBO is seeking a principal investigator to oversee the project and employ this extraordinary data set.

Interested in participating? Visit our Training and Volunteer Opportunities page.

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