Chris Rimmer Studies the Bicknell’s Thrush in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

VCE (Vermont Center for Ecostudies) biologist Chris Rimmer has been studying Bicknell’s Thrush and other birds in the Dominican Republic for over 16 years. National Geographic joined Chris on one of his long-term study plots in the Baoruco Mountains near the border with Haiti. Chris’ monitoring data are some of the longest term data for rare, endemic birds that live in these cloud forests. [See video below.]

Rimmer received a B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont and an M.S. in ecology and behavioral biology from the University of Minnesota, where he studied Yellow Warbler molt ecology on the coast of James Bay, Ontario. Prior to his graduate studies, Chris was an itinerant field biologist, with stints in Peru, Ellesmere Island, James Bay, coastal Massachusetts, and Antarctica. Two years as a land bird biologist at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences instilled a passion for migratory songbirds, banding-related research, and molt studies.

Bicknell’s Thrush, with its swirling song and speckled breast, breeds in specialized mountainous habitat in eastern North America and winters in threatened forests of the Caribbean Greater Antilles. Threats to the songbird, which is declining over portions of its range, include atmospheric pollution, climate change and loss or degradation of its forest habitats.

For full article, see http://www.greenantilles.com/2011/04/28/monitoring-birdlife-in-the-dominican-republic/

For video on Chris Rimmer, see

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