Chickadee nest box

An update from the field!

May 29, 2020

Despite operating on a smaller scale than usual (to avoid COVID-19 spread), the second year of the Boulder Chickadee Study is going strong with almost 50 nests! Cori, master data wrangler, has managed nearly 1200 data submissions from community scientists on chickadee breeding, Kathryn is in the midst of banding...

Chickadee Nest Box in the Snow

2020 chickadee field season

April 16, 2020

In spite of several big snowfalls in the past week, chickadee breeding in Boulder is off to a roaring start. Thanks to community scientists monitoring 118 Boulder backyard boxes, we've identified 7 newly constructed chickadee nests, 23 excavated boxes, and one complete white-breasted nuthatch nest with 2 eggs in Boulder,...

cute chickadee

Write-up about our NSF-supported project

March 26, 2020

One of our recently funded NSF grants was just featured in Colorado Arts and Sciences magazine . This project will explore the evolution of post-zygotic reproductive isolation using hybridizing Black-Capped and Carolina chickadees as a model system. Previous studies revealed that hybrids between the two taxa suffer from physiological disfunctions...


Collaboration between Cal-Wood Education Center and Boulder Chickadee Study

March 26, 2020

Two weeks ago, Scott, Kathryn and Angela went to Cal-Wood Education Center to build 53 nest boxes with 4th grade students from Ryan Elementary school. This event took almost the entire day and gave students an opportunity to learn about ornithological research in general, as well as what is happening...

Grumpy nestling

Kathryn begins Chickadee Song Dialect Project

March 19, 2020

While most people have put their lives on hold to practice social distancing, Spring isn't slowing down--Daffodils continue stubbornly pushing to the sky & chickadees keep singing their hearts out. Maybe it's reassuring that in the midst of all this social & scientific disruption, nature is continuing forward with no...


Kathryn wins Graduate School Figueroa Family Fellowship

Feb. 26, 2020

Kathryn was recently awarded the Figueroa Family Fellowship from the Graduate School for her commitment to the achievement of a diverse student body and her work in improving the state of our world and its people. Congratulations to Kathryn for her work on making EBIO, and the sciences in general,...


1st Annual Boulder Chickadee Study Participant Symposium

Oct. 23, 2019

The lab had a great time hosting the 1st Annual Boulder Chickadee Study Participant Symposium on Oct 19, 2019. The event featured an hour of interactive discussion with our amazing undergraduate researchers, talks from Scott, Kathryn, and Angela on the motivation for the study and results for our first year...


Congratulations Shay!

Oct. 8, 2019

Congratulations to Shay, who was recently awarded a BSI Scholar Award! With this award, Shay will be examining thermoregulatory differences between clack-capped and mountain chickadee nests collected across a 6000 foot elevation gradient as part of her work with the Boulder Chickadee Study during the 2019 breeding season. The current...