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Dr. Joan Morrison has spent more time on ranchlands than the typical raptor biologist. Professor of  Biology at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, Morrison studies the Crested Caracara, a beautiful falcon found year-round on Florida’s ranchlands and remnant prairies. Morrison’s research evaluates the feasability of using GPS cellular transmitters to study the caracara’s movement ecology and survival. Hopefully, this technology will facilitate the next research phase for this federally and state threatened species: A long term research project to understand breeding pair response to habitat conversion. How do you capture a super-smart wild raptor and why do Crested Caracaras thrive in ranchlands? Watch this short video of Morrison in the field at the Archbold Reserve and near MAERC (MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center) to find out!

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