Congratulations to Caleb Gruber for recently completing a Master’s Degree thesis entitled “The relationship between temperature, rainfall, and tree swallow fledging times” at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Caleb acknowledged the NestWatch data as tremendously helpful for this study, saying, “I would like to thank the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and their NestWatch program. Without the contribution of the NestWatch data, this project would have been less likely to make it off the ground.”
The study explored how weather variables like temperature and rainfall influence how long it takes for Tree Swallow chicks in Tennessee to fledge. Interested readers can find the thesis here.