Our research Projects

With WYOBIRD we hope to attract diverse students interested in birds and wildlife to The University of Wyoming while providing existing students with resources. Our local projects allow students living in Laramie, WY to gain hands-on experience with bird research in an accessible way close to home. Students involved in WYOBIRD are exposed to field techniques such as bird capture and handling, nest monitoring, data management, project logistics, habitat sampling, behavioral observations, science communication, and more while contributing to research on birds within and beyond Wyoming. Each field season we support avian interns who assist with our local projects. Students learn valuable skills and gain UW university credit for their time. We hope to train and mentor several interns each fall and actively fundraise so that we can provide paid internships in the future. See the Support Us page to help us meet this goal!

Fall migration bird banding

In fall 2023 we began a project to capture and band migratory birds passing through Laramie, a region that lacks information on songbird species whose populations are steeply declining. We monitor these birds on a property managed by the City of Laramie. At the banding station graduate students and faculty train UW undergraduate interns who earn college-level credit while learning how to handle, band, and measure wild birds. We hope to provide outreach visits to the banding station in future years so that community members can learn about avian research and come away with an appreciation for birds. 

Tree Swallow nest box monitoring

During summer we monitor tree swallow nest boxes in Albany County. Undergraduate students that participate in this project have the opportunity to observe and record data from nest building to chick fledging while thinking critically about the scientific process. Nest check data are also uploaded to NestWatch, a nationwide program that monitors track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds.

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This internship absolutely positively impacted my university experience because it not only gave me hours of field experience required for other classes and added experience to my resume, but also gave me excitement for my major that sitting in a class lecture simply can’t achieve.
Kylie schelhaas
Bird banding intern, fall 2023

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Gaining experience in the field I want to pursue while in University 100% makes my experience so much better. Working on projects like this make me want my degree all that much more
Howarth White
Bird banding intern, fall 2023