(If you found a baby bird and don’t know what to do, click here.)
(Update 2021: This blog has changed over the years, and while it still generally covers the same topics, there’s going to be a bit less junco content, a lot less academia content, and a bit more conservation. Also, I’m writing posts a lot less frequently. I’m going to leave the below description up because it still holds for the first 5ish years of the blog, which is when most of the content was created.)
Tough Little Birds is a blog about my research on how Dark-eyed Juncos (the bird pictured in the blog header) adapt to changing environments at high elevations. Sometimes I write about my research specifically; sometimes I write about other things that fall into my areas of interest, such as animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and birds.
In the spring and summer I am out in the mountains doing field work, so posts tend to focus on my observations of the juncos, the challenges and surprises of field work, and lots of pictures of the juncos I catch. I also post about “bycatch,” other species of birds that we catch accidentally. (Don’t worry, all birds are released after capture.)
When I’m not in the field I write about things like lab work, other people’s research, and science generally. The Featured Paper series discusses scientific papers that I think are interesting. The Think Like A Scientist series covers some scientific concepts that are important for everyone to know, even if the closest you come to doing research is reading about it in the newspaper or watching birds out your window.
The linked words above will take you to relevant posts or series of posts. If you’re looking to try out the blog, here are a few more posts you might like:
Some science-y posts—
- What do birds see?
- Why birds hold their heads still (that awesome chicken ad)
- How do birds keep warm?
- Dinosaurs probably looked just as awesome as you think they should have
- Adventure of a freelance science mouse
- Getting a (science) PhD is not the most terrible idea in the world
- A heartwarming story, sort of
- White gloves, strange rooms
Some junco posts—