Rice Creek Research Reports, 2008
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Contains the Report: "Breeding Birds in Old Fields in Central New York State in Relation to Field Mowing"
The Rice Creek Associates (RCA) small grants program in support of research at Rice Creek Field Station enters its thirteenth year in 2008. The financial support supplied by Rice Creek Associates continues to be supplemented by the College Provost and by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Most of the projects supported by this program have been conducted by faculty members or other professional scientists and have employed undergraduate students as research assistants. Several independent student research projects have been completed within the larger context of the RCA supported research efforts. In addition to student presentations and reports for courses and programs at SUNY Oswego and reports in previous issues of Rice Creek Research Reports (see below), RCA supported research has been reported in poster and oral presentations at numerous local, national, and international professional conferences and in professional publications (see bibliography on inside back cover). In this issue, Peter Weber and Joel Ralston report on a preliminary study of the impact of habitat management practices on bird nesting behavior in the open fields at Rice Creek Field Station. This project was a direct offshoot of the work reported by Weber, Preston, Duglos and Nelson in a paper due to be published in the April, 2008, issue of the Natural Areas Journal.---Andrew Nelson, Director of Rice Creek Field Station