Props to female Island Scrub-jays

Photo from Bill Hubick Photography

Island Scrub-jay    (Photo from Bill Hubick Photography)

Females of this beautiful, range-restricted bird may nest up to 6 times and lay 18 eggs in a breeding season only to average 1.1 surviving chicks! Most nests are discovered and devoured by hungry predators like the island fox. Luckily, nests in native shrubs are more likely to survive and these shrubs are slowly returning to the island after disturbance. Let’s hope that the future is looking up for these industrious and tenacious ladies. Learn more in Luke’s paper. Rock on Angeloni lab!

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