Dr. Michael L. Avery is the Project Leader of the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) in Gainesville, FL. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in a number of wildlife management areas including avian collisions with manmade structures (towers, powerlines, etc.); avian damage to grain and fruit crops; repellents and chemical deterrents; avian contraception methods; vulture management and roost dispersal; and monk parakeet population management. The emphasis of the Florida Field Station’s current research program is on invasive species, including Burmese pythons, spiny-tailed iguanas, and common mynas.
Vulture management, urban crow roosts, repellents, invasive species, crop damage, avian contraceptives, telemetry, effigies
Taxonomic Groups of Interest
Vultures, monk parakeets, corvids, blackbirds, cedar waxwing, mynas, Burmese pythons, iguanas
Products/Techniques Developed or Tested
Engeman, R.M., K.J. Couturier, R.K. Felix Jr., and M.L. Avery. 2013. Feral swine disturbance at important archaeological sites. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 20:4093-4098. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-012-1367-1
Fischer, J.W., W.D. Walter, and M.L. Avery. 2013. Brownian bridge movement models to characterize birds' home ranges. The Condor 115(2):298-305. DOI: 10.1525/cond.2013.110168
Hobson E.A., Avery M.L., Wright T.F. 2013. An analytical framework for quantifying and testing patterns of temporal dynamics in social networks. Animal Behaviour 85:83-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.10.010.
Longcore, T., C. Rich, P. Mineau, B. MacDonald, D. G. Bert, L. M. Sullivan, E. Mutrie, S. A. Gauthreaux, M. L. Avery, R. L. Crawford, A. M. Manville, E. R. Travis, and D. Drake. 2013. Avian mortality at communication towers in the United States and Canada: Which species, how many, and where? Biological Conservation 158:410-419.
Moulton, M.P., W.P. Cropper, Jr., M.L. Avery. 2013. Is propagule size the critical factor in predicting introduction outcomes in passeriform birds? Biological Invasions 15: 1449-1458. doi: 10.1007/s10530-012-0383-x.
Thomas, J.F., R.M. Engeman, E.A. Tillman, J.W. Fischer, S.L. Orzell, D.H. Glueck, R.K. Felix, and M.L. Avery. 2013. Optimizing line intercept sampling and estimation for feral swine damage levels in ecologically sensitive wetland plant communities. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 20:1503-1510. DOI 10.1007/s11356-012-1004-z.
Last Modified: November 21, 2013