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Nature beyond SolitudeNotes from the Field$
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John Seibert Farnsworth

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747281

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747281.001.0001

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Notes from the Hastings Natural History Reservation

Notes from the Hastings Natural History Reservation

(p.1) 1 Notes from the Hastings Natural History Reservation
Nature beyond Solitude

John Seibert Farnsworth

Cornell University Press

This chapter details the author's field notes from the Hastings Natural History Reservation. The author was particularly interested in studying acorn woodpeckers and their nest cavities. Acorn woodpeckers fascinate scientists because they live in groups, often with multiple breeding males and females, and nonbreeding helpers. The breeders share mates readily, and females lay eggs in a common nest, which is always a cavity nest. Moreover, they are quite vocal, even for woodpeckers; some would call them “articulate.” At Hastings, ornithologists annotate their field notes in “bird time” rather than “people time.” This is because birds do not transition to daylight saving time the way people do. The chapter then discusses the “ambush,” which is a capture technique developed at Hastings.

Keywords:   Hastings Natural History Reservation, acorn woodpeckers, nest cavities, cavity nest, woodpeckers, bird time, ambush, capture technique

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