The Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) is an amazing bird that is experiencing population decline throughout it's range and we are not sure why. Here in Georgia, a team consisting of researchers, state wildlife officials, bird conservation experts, and myself hope to explore, understand, and conserve this ecologically valuable, yet dwindling species and its habitat. This project is part of a much larger effort to preserve biodiversity in order to maintain the ecological services that we all depend on. As a grad student, my adventure has just begun.

Even though the focus of this blog will consists of updates and personal thoughts on my research, my hope is to get folks interested in the project and to develop and maintain an open dialog of not just my project, but of any relevant conservation work going on in the Southeast; from university research to environmental education to personal wildlife observations.

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