OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Threshold for Thriving: How much forest management is too much for northern house wrens?

Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society graduate student Kristin Jones is spending six days a week in Oregon’s Coast Range conducting field research on the effects of chemicals on the incubating and brooding behavior of northern house wrens. Specifically, she is studying how herbicides affect vegetation and microclimate and, ultimately, care-giving by female wrens. Previous studies FES researcher Matthew Betts, who heads up the overarching IFM project of which Jones is a part, has turned up some preliminary hints.