Williamsburg hosts world-class birding research

Scientific research can be divided into two categories, applied and basic. Applied research studies answer questions of immediate interest to society, such as "Is the bald eagle population stable in Virginia?" or "Will Yellow-crowned Night-herons be able to adjust the timing of their nesting season to keep up with rapid climate change?"

In contrast, basic scientific research asks questions about how nature works, without necessarily trying to solve an immediate problem. For example "What factors determine how far apart eagles can nest from one another?" or "What kinds of crabs can night-herons crush with their specialized bills?"