Documents and Publications

Louisiana Bird Observatory peer-reviewed literature

"Geolocator reveals migratory and winter movements of a Prothonotary Warbler" The first published migratory route by a Prothonotary Warbler, which was deployed with a geolocator and recovered a year later at Bluebonnet Swamp.

"Annual survival of birds captured in a habitat island bordered by the urban matrix of Baton Rouge, LA" Based on the first three years of banding at LABO's Bluebonnet Swamp site, we used program MARK to generate monthly and annual survival estimates for commonly captured species and compared our results with baseline estimates from south-central region of the USA.

"An eccentric preformative molt in Eastern Towhees" LABO used banding and museum data to describe an eccentric preformative molt in southern populations of Eastern Towhee.

"Barred Owl consumes Sharp-shinned Hawk" Description of a resident Barred Owl at Bluebonnet Swamp found consuming a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

"Brown Thrasher with bill deformity captured at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana" Describes one of several species of birds captured by LABO with bill deformities.

"First evidence for eccentric prealternate molt in the Indogo Bunting: possible implications for adaptive molt strategies" Details novel molt prealternate molt extent of Indigo Bunting captured by LABO at Peveto Woods.

Louisiana Bird Observatory Documents

All LABO stations adhere to a common 'station protocol'. The protocol is an admixture of various protocols from multiple organizations and provides data standardization irrespective of where birds were captured.

The LABO Station Protocol provides in detail practices we utilize, following guidelines outlined by the North American Banders' Study Guide, North American Banders' Manual for Banding Passerines and Near Passerines, and USDA Handbook of Field Methods for Monitoring Landbirds.

LABO has published annual reports since banding operations began at Bluebonnet Swamp in 2010. Annual reports are available for download for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Bird species checklist for Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center based on more than four years on continuous bird monitoring activities.

LABO helped develop a novel system of ageing birds that is not reliant upon the calendar-year. The new and improved system of bird age categorization is based on a species molt and plumage cycles; interested bird banders can read more by downloading a brief summary to the 'cycle-based system'.

To standardize archived photos of bird molt, LABO produced a protocol of photographing and naming subsequent photos of bird molt. The 'wing photo protocol' is based on a system originally developed by Peter Pyle.

Each year LABO banders help conduct a week-long bird banding workshop in Brazil focused on preparing the next generation of Latin American Ornithologists. Course summaries detailing highlights, captures and number of students can be downloaded for the years 2012 and 2013.