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Congratulations to Sarah Hays for winning third place for her poster at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium and Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase!

Sarah Hays sharing her research results on nest construction in Santa Catalina Island Orange-crowned warblers.

Congratulations to Funkling Sarah Hays for getting third place for her poster at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium and Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase! Sarah’s research was funded by the Research Mentoring to Advance Inclusivity in STEM (RMAIS) Fellowship program awarded to her mentor, Rebecca Cheek. Their research has shown that Orange Crowned Warblers of Santa Catalina Island (Vermivora celata sordida) demonstrate remarkable flexibility in their nest construction behavior. Keep an eye out for their manuscript to find out more!

Orange-crowned warbler (Vermivora celata sordida) nest from Santa Catalina Island.

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