loWA Geolocator Project

Louisiana Waterthrush (LOWA) are in decline in our region. What does this tell us about our forests?

Photo Credit © Tim Jeffers

Louisiana Waterthrush (LOWA) are Neotropical songbirds that have been identified as a "species in decline" by the regional authority on bird population health, Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture. LOWA serve as stream health indicators because they feed on macroinvertebrates such as mayfly larvae which are only found in healthy water sources.  

At the Trust, we want to understand what pressures are causing this unique bird to decline. In Summer 2016, we will be deploying geolocators on sixteen LOWA in order to learn more about LOWA's full life cycle. These geolocators will map the LOWA's migration routes and wintering grounds, giving us insight into all parts of LOWA's life cycle once we recapture these birds in 2017 and retrieve the data. With this research project, we will be able to better address threats to LOWA habitat – whether they be local or global!

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