Ting Lab at UIS
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ENS 251 students finished installing the Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes at Lick Creek in Springfield!
Lab member Sarah making nest boxes for Prothonotary Warblers in ENS 251.
Nest box installation took place at the UIS Woods and at Lick Creek Preserve.
Undergrad students in ENS 251 were able to gain experience hiking off-trail and using GPS units while installing the nest boxes.
Franklin's Ground Squirrel field work means a lot of time outdoors!
Dr. Ting takes measurements on a captured Franklin's Ground Squirrel.
An adult Franklin's Ground Squirrel.
Dr. Ting and the SEOW crew attach a radio transmitter to a captured Short-eared Owl.
Watching the Osprey chicks fledge is an incredible experience!
Our Osprey trail cameras capture some pretty amazing action shots!
Seeing Ospreys in the field is guaranteed to put a big smile on your face :)
One of our hacktowers at Lake Shelbyville. Can you see the fledgling Ospreys?
White-tailed Deer are frequently observed by members of the Osprey field crews.
A beautiful day out on the water.
These badgers may be beautiful, but they are also a predator of Franklin's Ground Squirrels.
A pod of American White Pelicans soars over Lake Shelbyville.
Wild River Otters at Emiquon Preserve.
This coyote was caught red-handed making off with a Muskrat!
American Beaver poses for a quick photoshoot in one our our trail cams.
An American Mink prepares for a swim.
Students in Dr. Ting's course, ENS 251, helped to construct nest boxes for Prothonotary Warblers out of recycled milk/juice boxes.
Juvenile Franklin's Ground Squirrels are very cute!
Two trapped Franklin's Ground Squirrels wait to be marked and released by members of the Ting Lab.
Short-eared Owl field work takes place in the middle of the night.
We caught a Short-eared Owl with a pole trap!
Do you hate spending time on a kayak while seeing interesting wildlife such as raptors, deer, waterfowl, turtles, and semi-aquatic mammals? Then don't apply to work at Banner Marsh!
Osprey 72D decides it's time for a mid-morning snack.
Juvenile Ospreys live in the hackboxes until they are ready to fledge.
The Osprey field crews have a pretty tough job.
WOW! Check out the wingspan on this Osprey chick!
The painted turtles at Banner Marsh specialize in yoga.
Lab member Andrew snaps a selfie while simultaneously searching the sloughs for Ospreys at Banner Marsh.
This Great-horned Owl was pretty upset that the Osprey chicks only left him a tail piece.
Watching the juvenile Ospreys fledge and grow up is one of the best parts of the job!
Spiny softshell turtles (like the one in the front) are commonly seen by our Osprey field techs.
Something really "fishy" was going on with these river otters!
Raccoons are a predator of Osprey eggs.
Can you spot the Muskrat in this trail cam photo?
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Dr. Tih-Fen Ting
Conservation Ecology Lab
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois Springfield
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
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