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Breeding Birds for Dutchess County

Some birds prefer "edge" habitats—where forested areas meet fields and open areas; others prefer interior woodlands. In populated areas, there's usually more edge. What's the impact on bird populations? To find out, Professor Mary Ann Cunningham and URSI fellow Laurel Walker did early-morning bird surveys.

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What Is URSI??

Vassar's Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) is an intensive 10-week summer program in which Vassar students explore original hands-on scientific research under faculty direction. URSI participants are engaged in the entire research process: they learn to formulate hypotheses, review scientific literature, develop experimental protocols, handle major instrumentation, gather data, analyze results, and present their findings.