Caribbean Martin Project

The Caribbean Martin (Progne dominicensis) is currently a common breeder on most Caribbean islands, is listed as a species of Least Concern by the ICUN Red List, and is well known by residents because it regularly roosts and nests in urban areas from February through August.  However, from September through January, this species most basic ecology—its migration and wintering location—is unknown.  Species conservation measures, even for common species, cannot be enacted without at least basic knowledge of where it goes and when. Along with Thomas Klak, Department of Environmental Studies, and Eldar Rakhimberdiev, I am using geolocators to identify the Caribbean Martin’s migration and non-breeding quarters.  As a pilot study we deployed 11 on Dominica during the non-breeding season.  In 2014 we recovered a geolocator that female wore for two years.  The results of this work is published in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology.