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Biology undergraduate research project at UNG turns into small documentary

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University of North Georgia (UNG) biology major and nature lover Josie Orr created a video of the bluebird research project. Several bluebird boxes are located across campus including this one near the sand volleyball court on UNG's Gainesville Campus.

As a University of North Georgia (UNG) biology major and nature lover, Josie Orr wanted to join an undergraduate research project. Dawn Lubeski, senior lecturer of biology at UNG, had just the thing.

"She wanted to do a bluebird study," said Orr, a senior from Flowery Branch, Georgia. "The other research project were in the lab and testing things. I'm more into being out in the field."

The bluebird study involved placing birdhouses around the campus for the bluebirds and measuring specific factors, such as ability to reproduce in an urban area. It involved collecting data on the number of eggs laid and hatched and growth of birds to maturity.

Upon hearing this, Orr envisioned creating a video of the research.

"I like wildlife photography and videography," Orr said. "It's a hobby and a passion. So, it was an opportunity to combine my love of wildlife and videography and receive credit for it."

Her passion project turned into a well-executed, researched short documentary.

"It worked out nicely," Orr said.

Lubeski agreed, showing the finished result to the biology department during a summer retreat session.

Orr hopes more will see it. She plans to submit it for consideration in the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference this fall at UNG.

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