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    James F. Whatton
    Research Assistant

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Related Links - More information on Bird Strikes

Bird Strike Committee USA

FAA Airport Wildlife Hazard Mitigation

United States Air Force Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH)

United States Navy Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH)


B.S. (Biology/Wildlife Biology): Ball State University, 2007

Research Interests or Responsibilities

Responsibilities include the identification of feathers and feather fragments from bird/aircraft collisions (birdstrikes) that are submitted by the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Navy and others. My interests are broad and include natural history, migration, specimen preparation, and field work. I have previously worked in the Division of Mammals and am continuing work on Squirrels of the World, a book to be published in 2012.

Recent Publications

Dove, Carla J., Saucier, Jacob R., Whatton, J. F., Schmidt, B. and Roble, H. R. 2017. First record of River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis and additional records for Plain Nightjar Caprimulgus inornatus and Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius in Djibouti. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 137(1): 67-70.

Whatton, James F. and Eckerlin, Ralph P. 2016. Snowy Owl Brings New Record of Chewing Louse to Virginia. Banisteria, 46: 29-30.

Reynolds, Robert P., Whatton, James F. and Gebhard, Christina A. 2014. Aspidoscelis deppii (Black-bellied Racerunner). Predation by Great Egrets. Herpetological Review, 45(1): 124-125.

Reynolds, Robert P., Whatton, James F. and Gebhard, Christina A. 2014. Gymnophthalmus speciosus (Golden Spectacled Tegu). Predation by Great Egret. Herpetological Review, 45(1): 128

Complete List of Whatton's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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