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Professor and student collaborate on research about cavity-nesters

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Despite exploding urbanization and its role in declining bird populations, the future looks bright for the Brown-headed Nuthatch in South Carolina. New research led by Furman University student Jesse Wood and Biology professor Dr. John Quinn suggests that the cavity nesting bird known for its squeaky call and its headfirst approach down tree trunks, can thrive in urban residential landscapes with large and patchy pine forest cover. Wood, now a graduate student at Clemson University, is first author on the paper, which appears in the Journal of Urban Ecology. The research was supported by Furman Advantage, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, the Carolina Bird Club, and the Greenville Zoo.

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