Jessica Ruebesam

MSc Student, Environmental Conservation


Advisor: David King

Studying Migratory Songbird Movement and Stopover Habitat within the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

During spring and fall migration, songbirds are required to make stopovers in order to replenish their energy reserves as they move between breeding and wintering grounds. Understanding stopover site selection and habitat use is essential for the continued survival of these species. This study aims to assess the migratory movement patterns of 11 songbird species along a 160 km stretch of the CT River for 2 spring and 2 fall seasons in 2015 and 2016. The use of automated telemetry receivers and nano-tag transmitters allows me to efficiently track spatial and temporal patterns of these migrant songbird species in order to identify key stopover locations. Analysis of these movements will allow me to estimate stopover duration, departure direction, and projected migratory pathways. This data will help inform agencies of areas particularly important and well used by migrant songbirds to ensure they get the protection they need.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service