Term of Award

Spring 1998

Degree Name

Master of Science

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Biology

Committee Chair

Oscar J. Pung

Committee Member 1

Lance A. Durden

Committee Member 2

Stephen P. Vives


The following study was performed to determine what effect, if any, endoparasites and hematophagous ectoparasites have on the reproductive success of the Eastern Bluebird. This information is vital to gaining a better understanding of host-parasite interactions and in the implementation of conservation initiatives.

If you have ever driven down a highway lined with fields, then you have probably noticed some boxes located along the perimeter fence. It is also possible that you have seen these same type boxes located in the yard of someone you know, especially if they have a lot of space around them. Sometimes they are mounted on the fence posts or often they are mounted on poles or trees, but always at regular intervals if there are more than one. How odd. Why would the land owner put them up? What are they for? These boxes are nesting boxes but they are not for just any bird, they are built specifically for the Eastern Bluebird.

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