It’s always exciting to spot a cuckoo in the field, partially because they are so difficult to track down. However, their secretive nature also makes them difficult species to study. Both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos have suffered significant population declines over the past several decades, but limited research has resulted in a poor understanding of habitat requirements and behaviors that could help inform conservation strategies.
Claire Johnson, an avian ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, will discuss some of the fascinating life history traits of both species as well as her research on how to better detect and monitor them, their habitat preferences and movement strategies, and what these findings could mean for future management.
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