Well it’s that time of year again- field seasons are starting up! It feels like I just got back from Mongolia, but it’s been eight months since we emerged from the Gobi Desert and headed back to Colorado. While we’ve been busy analyzing data in the lab, the barn swallows have been hanging out in the southern hemisphere, gorging on insects and soaking up the warm weather. They’re now flying north for another breeding season- and we’ll be following along to catch them.
As always, I’ll be posting photos and updates from the field when possible. I’m joined in Egypt by Amanda Hund, a Ph.D. student at CU who studies barn swallow parasites. She writes about her work here- be sure to check out her site for stories about tracking down barn swallows (and their parasites) in the Czech Republic and Israel.