Donald R Powers

Donald R Powers

Newberg, OR

George Fox University

Professor of Biology


Published on Jun 19, 2018

Nature, Hummingbirds, Fun!

The field portion of our project is quickly coming to a close. Tomorrow is our last full day before our departure EARLY Thursday (6/21) morning. I capitalize "early" because Sarah has made clear ...

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Published on Jun 09, 2018

The Project has Begun!!!

A HUGE thank you to all 41 backers who helped make this project possible. Apologies for the delay in posting a new lab note, but we have been busy getting ready to officially start the project. N...

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Published on May 27, 2018

The Experience Goes Beyond the Project!!

With one week left in the campaign Sarah and Natalie have raised 89% of their project goal! Only $313 left to go. Their success is solely due to the thoughtful generosity of each and every one of...

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Published on May 21, 2018

Almost Time to Begin the Work!!!!

Only 13 days left in the campaign! Natalie and Sarah are less than $500 from their goal. We are really grateful to everyone for the support. Both these young women are amazing, and clearly you t...

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Published on May 18, 2018

Time to Get Serious!!!

Once again, a big THANK YOU, to everyone who has backed this project. Less than $600 to go before we are fully funded!!!On Sunday Natalie and Don head to the University of Montana to do some serio...

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Published on May 14, 2018

Why this Project is Important

Again, we are so grateful for your support. Natalie and Sarah's goal is 72% covered as of this note, and they both have big smiles on their faces resulting from this over whelming support! Thank ...

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Published on May 10, 2018

Hummingbirds: Masters at Weight Management!

Today we are focusing on background for one of the experiments we will do in this proposed project. Because flight, and particularly hovering flight, in hummingbirds is the most costly form of loc...

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Published on May 07, 2018

Hummingbirds and Young Scientists!

First and foremost let me say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the project thus far, and to everyone who will become backers before the campaign ends. There are so many reasons why this is ...

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Published on May 06, 2018

Our Field Season is Just Around the Corner!!!

Both Natalie and Sarah will begin preparation for our June field season in about 2 weeks with preliminary preparatory work in both Montana and Arizona. Natalie and Don will head to the University ...

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Thanks Amanda! I have been taking undergraduates to SWRS for 30 years, and every one of them looks back on their time in the Chiricahua Mountains fondly. Crowd funding for research support is not the typical way the undergraduates are supported, but the foundation that typically pays the expenses has had a couple bad years. This funding really makes a difference because it means they can have a great experience without having to excessively pinch pennies. Thanks again for your support!
May 27, 2018
How do Hovering Hummingbirds Survive Hot Days?
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Thanks! We will try to keep everyone up-to-date as data collection proceeds this summer. Thank you for your support!
May 11, 2018
How do Hovering Hummingbirds Survive Hot Days?
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You are absolutely welcome! We are excited to get started!
Mar 16, 2017
Do Hummingbirds Actually Sleep?
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Thank you! So do we! The idea is really novel. Hopefully we meet our goal and can get it done. Cheers!
Feb 28, 2017
Do Hummingbirds Actually Sleep?
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I am here to answer any questions! Ask away!!! I will even answer general hummingbird questions not related to the project.
Feb 27, 2017
Do Hummingbirds Actually Sleep?
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