ORAS January Meeting will feature talk about Cerulean warbler conservation

Plase join us for the first monthly meeting of 2020 where Clay Delancey, a Research Coordinator at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at UGA, will discuss conservation of Cerulean Warblers. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 9th, at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Please see below for details. 


Cerulean Warblers are disappearing faster than any other species of warbler. They are a species of conservation concern and are also endangered in Indiana. Since 2007, the Islam Lab at Ball State University has been monitoring Cerulean Warblers in southern Indiana as part of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. Clay received an A.S. and B.S. in Wildlife Management from Penn State, and attended Ball State to receive his M.S. in Biology where he conducted graduate research on Cerulean Warblers. Most research on Cerulean Warblers has focused on breeding biology, but Clay's talk will focus on research examining habitat preferences during the post-fledging and nocturnal periods, along with movements between wintering sites and breeding sites.


The meeting will be held in the Nature Center’s Education and Visitor Center, 205 Old Commerce Road off U.S. Highway 441 north of Athens. To reach the center from the Loop 10 bypass, exit at U.S. Highway 441/Commerce Road and turn north toward Commerce. Go approximately a mile, turn left at the Sandy Creek Nature Center sign and go to the end of the road. Turn left at Old Commerce Road; parking for the Education and Visitor Center will be on the right.