Program Accomplishments

Rufous Hummingbird
  • Established a long term hummingbird banding station near Davis, California
  • Established a regular banding schedule throughout the year to establish population dynamics and site fidelity
  • Performed health examinations on hundreds of hummingbirds
  • Educated numerous undergraduate and graduate students on the importance of  avian wildlife health and conservation
  • Performed non-invasive sampling for health related research studies
  • Made the first definitive diagnosis of avian pox virus in Anna’s hummingbirds
  • Established a sample and data repository for numerous hummingbird species
  • Published manuscripts in peer reviewed journals
    • Hummingbird health: pathogens and disease conditions in the family Trochilidae. Loreto A. Godoy, Lisa A. Tell, Holly B. Ernest, J Ornithol (2014) 155:1–12
DOI 10.1007/s10336-013-0990-z

    • Characterization of avian poxvirus in Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna) in  California, USA. Loreto A. Godoy, Lisa S. Dalbeck, Lisa A. Tell,  Leslie W. Woods,  Rita R. Colwell,  Barbara Robinson,  Susan M. Wethington,  Anneke Moresco,  Peter R. Woolcock,  and Holly B. Ernest
, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 49(4), 2013, pp. 978–985. DOI: 10.7589/2012-09-230