of the 15 year effort to restore, monitor and manage
a warm season grassland on the upper Eastern shore.
Highlight our research, monitoring and banding efforts
involving breeding grassland birds including
Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissels, Northern Bobwhite
and most recently Field Sparrows.
Dan Small is a field ecologist
for the Center of Environment and Society at Washington
College located on the eastern shore of Maryland.
The land-based research arm of CES, the Chester River
Field Research Station conducts research on breeding
bird response to a long term grassland restoration
project and also operates a migration banding station,
Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory. During the
summer months, he can be found out in the native warm
season grassland leading undergraduate interns through
the fields studying all aspects of Grasshopper Sparrow
and Dickcissel breeding ecology as part of a long-term
demographic study. Prior to settling in Maryland he
traveled widely from Alaska to Tobago living the life
of an itinerant field biologist enjoying the different
parts of the world and of course birding as much as
possible. He is a NABC certified trainer and has been
banding and birding for around 15 years.