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VCU sends students to Panama to study the Prothonotary Warbler

VCU's Center for Environmental Studies, along with the Department of Biology and the Global Education Office, offered a unique opportunity for our students to engage in a service learning experience in Panama. Along with the Richmond Audubon Society and Audubon Panama, for the second consecutive year, teachers and VCU students studied migratory birds that use the mangroves of the Bay of Panama, especially the Prothonotary Warbler. The Prothonotary Warbler has been a long-term research study at the VCU Rice Center. These students spent two weeks, from January 2-15, studying the ecology and conservation of the Panamanian coastal and mangrove ecosystems. In addition, these students engaged with local school children, demonstrating the importance of these systems through joint data collection and nest box building.

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