Melissa Creasey
Black-throated blue warbler nestling
Female black-throated blue warbler on nest

Current Research

At present I am examining how single-tree harvesting affects black-throated blue warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) nesting success in Algonquin Provincial Park. Nest searching and monitoring will allow me to determine the nesting success of black-throated blue warblers in forests divided into four age groups, allowing for short and long term perspectives: 1-5, 15-20, 20-25, and >55 years following harvest.

 

 

Impaired regeneration in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

B.Sc. Honours Research

I examined changes in bird community structures due to moose (Alces alces) overbrowsing in Gros Morne National Park’s regenerating forests. By using point counts in both normal and overbrowsed regenerating forests, I determined that moose browsing is altering the bird communities from a type normally found in young forests (eg. magnolia warbler (Dendroica magnolia) and yellow-bellied flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) to one normally found in open or disturbed habitats (eg. white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) and mourning warbler (Oporornis philadelphia).