The Ecology of Bird Loss Project
The Ecology of Bird Loss (EBL) project investigates the ecological importance of birds in forested and agricultural systems and the consequences of losing birds from these systems.
Our field work takes place on a chain of islands in the Western Pacific called the Mariana Islands. The Brown Treesnake was introduced to the island of Guam in the 1940's and has has since caused the functional extirpation of all native forest bird species on the island, resulting in the only contemporary case of whole-island forest bird loss in the world. This work will provide the first landscape-level assessment of the impacts of bird loss on an entire forest community.