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For the Birds: Science Students Net Aubudon Grants

CONWAY, Ark. (December 5, 2012) - Maiya Block '14 and Meghan McFadden '15 received grants ($920 each) from the Arkansas Audubon Society Trust to support their research on the effects of anthropogenic noise on birds in central Arkansas.

Block's project will explore whether breeding bird diversity and density are affected by chronic noise generated by hydraulic fracturing operations, while McFadden will investigate whether birds alter their singing behavior to escape the masking effects of such noise.

The funds will support their summer 2013 field research under the guidance of biology professor Dr. Maureen McClung '01.

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