General Aviation News notes UMaine golden warbler research

General Aviation News wrote a feature about Dan Silvers, volunteer pilot for the nonprofit organization Lighthawk, who has assisted with University of Maine research to track the golden-winged warbler. Lighthawk is a network of general aviation pilots who donate their time and airplanes to fly researchers, policy makers, elected officials, and others on conservation and environmental missions. Silvers has flown UMaine researchers to a site in Rhineland, Wisconsin, several times over the past few years to tag and track the birds. “One of our objectives was to understand if females are dispersing to other locations in subsequent breeding seasons. We already had a sense that males rarely disperse off of their original territories and wanted to be able to confirm the same for females,” said Emily Filiberti, a graduate student researcher at the University of Maine.