Bobolink Research

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One of the continent's signature grassland species, Bobolink has for decades been in steep decline. So VCE began to ask new questions and pursue pioneering research on behalf of this charismatic songbird.

VCE follows Bobolinks at virtually every stage of their life – from Canada to Argentina. VCE's Dr. Rosalind Renfrew was the first ornithologist to document, for example, the pesticide threats to flocks of Bobolinks, some exceeding 100,000 birds, on wintering grounds in South America. From there our work has only expanded. Here's how: