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Re: [CVBirds] Looking for active Barn Swallow nests for a research project

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  • Manfred Kusch
    Gernot-- I have sent 2 emails to your cornell.edu address but have not heard back from you.--Manfred ... Manfred Kusch Winters/Davis makusch@ucdavis.edu
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 1, 2007
      Gernot-- I have sent 2 emails to your cornell.edu address but have not
      heard back from you.--Manfred

      On Jun 29, 2007, at 12:00 PM, Gernot Huber wrote:

      > Manfred,
      > that sounds great!� When would be good for you? I could come up
      > Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday.
      > Cheers,
      > Gernot
      > On Jun 29, 2007, at 9:11 AM, Manfred Kusch wrote:
      >> Dear Gernot-- what a fascinating project! I live between Winters and
      >> Davis and have currently seven Barn Swallow nests around my house,
      >> all easily accessible, most of them second broods by now. Let me know
      >> whether you would be interested and I'll give you instructions how to
      >> find my house along Putah Creek.--Manfred
      >> On Jun 26, 2007, at 5:05 PM, gernothuber2 wrote:
      >>> Hi everyone,
      >>> �I am looking for a few more Barn Swallow nesting sites for an
      >>> exciting research project
      >>> �(the research protocol is approved by Cornell University Animal
      >>> Care, and birds are not
      >>> �being harmed in this study). If you have any Barn Swallow nests on
      >>> your property, or know
      >>> �of any nests on accessible public structures such as highway
      >>> bridges, please send me an
      >>> �email or give me a call at 607-280-5237!
      >>> �Here is some background info on what I am doing:
      >>> �I am an ecology and evolutionary biology grad student at Cornell
      >>> University, and I am
      >>> �studying a population of Barn Swallows breeding in Buenos Aires,
      >>> Argentina. This is the
      >>> �only breeding population of Barn Swallows in the southern
      >>> hemisphere, and it apparently
      >>> �established itself around 1980. I am conducting a population
      >>> genetics analysis of this
      >>> �population to determine if it underwent a founder effect
      >>> (bottleneck), or whether there has
      >>> �been ongoing recruitment from Barn Swallows wintering in other
      >>> parts of Argentina. For
      >>> �this purpose, I am comparing the Argentine population with birds
      >>> wintering in Argentina,
      >>> �birds breeding in New York, and birds breeding in California. I
      >>> catch Barn Swallows with a
      >>> �mist net, band them, take a tiny blood sample and the two
      >>> inner-most tail feathers, take
      >>> �some measurements, and let them go, all of which takes about 15
      >>> minutes. I have a permit
      >>> �to sample Barn Swallows in California and am already sampling at a
      >>> few sites in Marin, but
      >>> �I am looking for additional sites to increase my sample size.
      >>> �If you are aware of any active Barn Swallow nests�especially
      >>> accessible ones�anywhere in
      >>> �California, could you drop me a line?
      >>> �Thanks so much for any help you may be able to provide, including
      >>> names of other people
      >>> �I might contact.
      >>> �All the best,
      >>> �Gernot Huber
      >>> �San Francisco
      >> Manfred Kusch
      >> Winters/Davis
      >> makusch@...
      >> 707-678-1027
      > _______________________________________________
      > Gernot Huber
      > Ecology and Evolutionary Biology� tel�+1.607.254.4240
      > Corson Hall E137� fax
      > +1.607.255.8088
      > Cornell University��
      > ghh6@...
      > Ithaca, NY 14853 USA�
      Manfred Kusch

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