Welcome to Our Project!

Project Phoebe is an urban ecology research project designed and run by three PhD students at the University of California Davis, Sage Madden, Jacob Johnson, and Ian Haliburton, and supervised by Professors Gail Patricelli and Thomas Hahn. We are studying Black Phoebes in the California Central Valley to learn more about how birds and other animals respond to urbanization and other forms of environmental change.

More to Explore

Want to learn more about Project Phoebe? You can find more details about our project goals on the What we Hope to Learn page and where we work on the Where we Work page. Visit The Project Phoebe Team page to learn more about our team members.

Curious about urban animals and why we and other ecologists study them? Check out the About Urban Ecology section.

Want to learn about birds, including their behavior and reproduction? Would you like to get to know the Black Phoebe specifically? Check out the About Birds section.

Looking for additional resources to learn about birds, attract them to your yard, or help scientists study them? Check out the Urban Eco Resources page.

Questions? Concerns? Want to chat about science and urban birds? Head to the Contact Us page and feel free to get in touch!

A Black Phoebe perched on a branch. Anish Lakkapragada / Unsplash
The Sacramento tower bridge and skyline. Stephen Leonardi / Unsplash
Peregrine Falcon flying above Throgs Neck Bridge in New York. Metropolitan Transportation Authority / flickr

All opinions on this website are those of the Project Phoebe team leads, not necessarily the University of California Davis or the parks where we work.

Thank you

We would like to thank the Patricelli, Hahn, and Karp labs for their advice and feedback on the Project Phoebe Research. Additionally, we would like to thank the homeowners, cities, and land managers who graciously let us monitor Phoebes on their properties. Species thanks to the undergraduate field assistants who helped collect data in 2023: Aidan Reynolds, Alia Tu, Aziza Carillo, Farah Mustafa, and Joana Rose. Finally, thanks to Project Phoebe’s funding sources: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (SM), UCD Graduate Group in Ecology (SM), UCD Academic Senate (GP, IH, SM), UCD Center for Citizen and Community Science (SM), American Ornithological Society (SM), Society for the Study of Evolution (SM), Yolo Audubon Society (IH, AT), Central Valley Bird Club (SM), and the Lloyd W. Swift Endowment Fund (salary support for various undergraduates).

Land Acknowledgement

University of California Davis has a formal land acknowledgement which recognizes and pays respect to the indigenous people who once lived where the University stands today. This land acknowledgement was written by Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and was approved by three Patwin tribes who inhabit(ed) the land. It reads as follows.

We should take a moment to acknowledge the land on which we are gathered. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands.

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