Millikin hosting Wild Bird Feeding Research Center
Millikin University's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship has partnered with the Wild Bird Feeding Industry (WBFI) Research Foundation to host the WBFI 国际 Research & 发展中心. Under a contractual arrangement with the WBFI Research Foundation, Millikin University will perform testing on a confidential basis for members of the WBFI.
9月开始, Millikin University students and faculty are performing tests of bird feed or bird feeder products. 作为研究过程的一部分, the team will simultaneously test four feed products or four feeders to determine how products compare to one another in their ability to attract birds.
由博士. 大卫的角, Millikin生物学教授, students will make observations of the bird feeder products over a three-week period during each test. The students then deliver a written report to the WBFI member upon completion of the observations. Overall, six test studies will be conducted during the 2015-16 academic year.
"What makes this partnership exciting is that we are in one of the agricultural capitals of the world, and Millikin University is now host to a research and development facility for an industry in which over 50 million Americans and Canadians participate in," Dr. 角说.
Dr. 角增加, “我希望一年以后, 当有人去零售商的时候, 大或小, that the blend of bird seed they purchased was tested by students at Millikin University and that results of the test were used to improve the blend, and ultimately make the bird feeding experience better for people and wild birds."
2015 represents the 10-year anniversary from when Millikin University began performing research on wild bird feeding. Millikin's first research project with the WBFI was Project Wildbird, 一项为期三年的, $1 million study on bird seed and bird feeder preferences across the United States and Canada.
Dr. Travis Wilcoxen, Millikin assistant professor of biology, and Dr. 角, with the assistance of many Millikin students, also conducted 一项为期三年的 study on how bird feeding impacts bird populations and the health of individual birds.
The launch of the center represents the third large-scale research project that Millikin University has done over the past 10 years with the Wild Bird Feeding Industry.
"We are continuing a 10-year tradition of being a scientific leader in one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, and we are carrying out the tradition of using Millikin students in that endeavor,“博士说. 角.
The center will also serve as the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship's first student-run venture. The students will be involved with all aspects of the operation including coordinating tests and monitoring the bird feeders, as well as working with the WBFI to expand the center's capabilities.
“随着中心的发展, we expect to be a year-round test facility for the WBFI that tests products before they enter the market, and also have the capability to examine other emerging issues in wild bird feeding,“博士说. 角.
Three Millikin students are currently involved with the center: Sierra Birdsell, 在莱尔大学主修生物的大二学生, 生病了.; Sydney Brangenberg, a junior English literature major from Jerseyville, 生病了.; and David Braun, a senior biology-allied health track major from Barnhart, Mo.
The tests are being conducted in Decatur-area suburban neighborhoods and parks, such as the Rock Springs Conservation Area.
"This is one of the first times that the industry is offering a program that will allow its member companies to improve their products,“博士说. 角. “因此, students will be directly involved with an industry ready to expand its research and development program, and will help catalyze new innovations."
The WBFI Research Foundation positions itself as the means to conduct scientific and behavioral research that encourages and supports the hobby of wild bird feeding in the United States and Canada, and is committed to educating people about the value of wild bird feeding and its benefits to humans. 欲了解更多信息，请访问 wbfi.org.
The mission of the Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship is to connect Millikin University, 学生, and the greater community to opportunities for personal, professional and organizational advancement through science entrepreneurship. 欲了解更多信息，请访问 pace.bankingglossary.net/instituteforscienceentrepreneurship.