Stoddard Bird Lab
The Stoddard Bird Lab honors the astounding accomplishments of Herbert Stoddard in both the study of wild birds and the management of southern pine forests. Our mission is to continue this legacy by learning how best to conserve, manage, and monitor rare birds and other wildlife associated with fire-dependent ecosystems. Birds are a key focus because of their popularity with the general public and their strong links to both frequent fire and sustainable forestry. Frequent prescribed fire maintains the ground-cover conditions needed by Bachman’s and Henslow’s sparrows. Sustainable forestry maintains the mature trees needed by Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Brown-headed Nuthatches.
The products of our efforts are regularly disseminated through award-winning scientific articles and professional presentations and workshops. We also stress outreach to the general public by publishing popular articles and pamphlets that reach regional and national audiences and also by organizing stellar field trips and presentations for scores of civic and conservation groups annually.
Jim Cox, Director (CV)
Conducts field work and provides guidance on all current conservation and research efforts and also coordinates research activities on the Wade Tract.
Working on woodpecker augmentation and reintroduction on private lands, deterring flying squirrel usurpation of woodpecker cavities, and characteristics of cavity trees excavated by reintroduced woodpecker populations.
Mary Mack Gray, Avian Research Biologist (CV)
Studying behavior and winter ecology of Brown-headed Nuthatches, effects of prescribed fire in coastal marshes, and new methods for monitoring Bachman’s Sparrows.
Heather Levy, Avian Biologist
Conservation of endemic and endangered avian species
Cusick, J. A., M de Villa, E. H. DuVal, and J. A. Cox. 2018. How do helpers help? Helper contributions throughout the nesting cycle in the cooperatively breeding Brown-headed Nuthatch. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Radzio, T. A., J. A. Cox, and M. P. O’Connor. 2017. Behavior and conspecific interactions of nesting Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Herpetological Conservation and Biology
Cox, J. A. and J. K. McCormick. 2016. New insights from an attempt to reintroduce Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in northern Florida. Journal of Field Ornithology
Cerame, B., J. A. Cox, R.T. Brumfield, J. W. Tucker, and S. S. Taylor. 2014. Adaptation to ephemeral habitat may overcome natural barriers and severe habitat fragmentation in a fire-dependent species, the Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis). PloS One
Jones, C. D., J. A. Cox, and R. J. Cooper. 2014. Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis) response to variation in the extent of burns conducted during the nesting season. Avian Conservation and Ecology 9
Cox, J. A., J. A. Cusick, and E. H. DuVal. 2016. Sex in the Sitta. Birding Magazine
Cox, J. A. and B. Widener. 2008. Lightning-season burning: friend or foe of breeding birds? Miscellaneous Publication 17, Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL