Fletcher Smith

Fletcher Smith

Research Biologist

fmsmit@wm.edu
(757) 221-1617

Research Background
Fletcher works with a diversity of bird species throughout the western hemisphere following migrants from their breeding to winter grounds. His current research projects include work with Whimbrels, Red Knots, Marsh Sparrows, and neo-tropical migrants. In addition, he also conducts breeding bird surveys, manages the Saw-whet Owl banding program, and is the Center’s primary rocket netter.

Education
B.S. in Biology, Northland College


Recent Publications

Wilson, M. D., F. M. Smith, and B. D. Watts. 2015. Re-Survey and Population Status Update of the Black Rail in Virginia. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-15-04. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  14 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and F.M. Smith.  2015.  Shorebird banding and training within the Upper Bay of Panama Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-15-03.  College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  12 pp.

Smith, F. M. and B. D. Watts.  2015.  Surveys and Habitat Use of the Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) During Fall Migration Along the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick, Canada, 2014.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series CCBTR-15-02.  College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA.  21 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and Fletcher M. Smith. 2014. Shorebird banding and training within the Upper Bay of Panama Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve – Interim Report. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-18. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 20 pp.

Smith, F.M., and B.D. Watts. 2014. An Investigation of Whimbrel Stopover and Migration Ecology on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-12. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 12 pp.

Smith, F. M., M. D. Wilson, and B. D. Watts. 2014. Population Estimation and Spatial Distribution of the Wintering Marsh Sparrow Guild in Virginia. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: ccbtr-14-07. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. Williamsburg, VA. 12 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2014. Shorebird banding and training within the Upper Bay of Panama Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve – Interim Report. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-14-05. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 20 pp.

F.M. Smith, B.D. Watts, J. E. Lyons, and T. S. Keyes. 2014. Investigating Population Dynamics of Red Knot Migration along the Georgia Coast through Mark/Recapture Analysis of Resights. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-14-04. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 40 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. J. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton. 2014. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2013 Report. The Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series: CCBTR-14-02. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 28 pp.

Denmon, P., B. D. Watts, and F. M. Smith. 2013. Investigating American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) nest failure on Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, USA. Waterbirds 36: 156-165.

Watts, B. D., F.M. Smith, and B.J. Paxton. 2013. An assessment of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron breeding populations along High Rock, Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls Reservoirs in central North Carolina: 2013 breeding season. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-13-05. College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 46 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton. 2012.  Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2012 report. CCBTR-13-01. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 31 pp.

Smith, F. M. Smith, B. D. Watts, B. J. Paxton, and D.Z. Poulton. 2012. Autumn Migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl on the Lower Delmarva Peninsula: Fall 2012 Report.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-12-13. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 15 pp.

Watts, B. D. and F.M. Smith. 2012. An assessment of the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron breeding populations along High Rock , Tuckertown, Narrows, and Falls Reservoirs in central North Carolina: 2012 breeding season. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-12-09. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 49 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, F. M. Smith, and E. S. Brinkley. 2012. Profile of the Offshore Bird Assemblage in Support for the Cape Charles Wind Project. CCBTR-12-06. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 47 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton. 2012. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2012 report. CCBTR-12-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Smith, F. M. 2012. Cape Charles Seawatch: A project in support of an offshore wind project.  Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series, CCBTR-12-01.  College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 7 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, F. M. Smith, and B. J. Paxton, and. 2011. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2010 report. CCBTR-11-02. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 24 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2011. Status and habitat use of Wayne’s Black-throated Green Warbler in the northern portion of the South Atlantic Coastal Plain. Southeastern Naturalist 10:1-12.

Watts, B. D., E. K. Mojica, F. M. Smith, B. J. Paxton. 2011. Preassessment of Injury to Ospreys from the Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill (Bird Study #9). CCBTR-11-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 5 pp.

Cristol, D. A., F. M. Smith, C. W. Varian-Ramos, and B. D. Watts. 2011. Mercury levels of Nelson’s and saltmarsh sparrows at wintering grounds in Virginia, USA. Ecotoxicology 23:7.

Smith, F. M. 2011. Photo essay: subspecies of Saltmarsh Sparrow and Nelson’s Sparrow. North American Birds 65:368-377.

Smith, F. M., B. D. Watts, and A. E. Duerr. 2011. Using Satellite and Radio Telemetry to Examine Stopover and Migration Ecology of the Whimbrel: 2009-2011 Report. CCBTR-11-05. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.  20 pp.

Smith, F. M. Smith, B. D. Watts, and B. J. Paxton. 2011. Autumn Migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl on the Lower Delmarva Peninsula: Fall 2011 Report. CCBTR-11-19. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University, Williamsburg, VA. 15 pp.

Ehlers, S. E., F. M. Smith, B. D. Watts, and B. J. Paxton. 2010. Autumn Migration of the Northern Saw-whet Owl on the Lower Delmarva Peninsula: Year 2009 Report. CCBTR-10-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 17 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2010. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2009 report. CCBTR-10-04. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, and F. M. Smith. 2009. Status and Distribution of Black Rails in Virginia. CCBTR-09-10. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 22 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2009. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2008 report. CCBTR-09-02. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 33 pp.

Watts, B. D., B. R. Truitt, F. M. Smith, E. K. Mojica, B. J. Paxton, A. L. Wilke, and A. E. Duerr. 2008. Whimbrel tracked with satellite transmitter on migratory flight across North America. Wader Study Group Bulletin 115:55-57.

Ehlers, S., F. M. Smith, B. J. Paxton, and B. D. Watts. 2008. Autumn migration of Northern Saw-whet Owls on the lower Delmarva Peninsula; Fifteen year summary and year 2008 project report. CCBTR-08-11. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 19 pp.

Wilson, M. D., B. D. Watts, C. Lotts, B. J. Paxton, and F. M. Smith. 2008. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2007 report. CCBTR-08-04. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 30 pp.

Smith, F. M., M. D. Wilson, and B. D. Watts. 2008. Status and Distribution and of Black Rails on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in the Lower Chesapeake Bay First-year Interim Report. CCBTR-08-03. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 15 pp.

Smith, F. M. and B. J. Paxton. 2008. Fort Lee avian inventory report. CCBTR-08-07. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 37 pp.

Watts, B. D., M. D. Wilson, F. M. Smith, B. J. Paxton, and J. B. Williams. 2008. Breeding range expansion of the Coastal Plain Swamp Sparrow. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:393-395.

Smith, F. M. 2007. Summary of colonial nesting herons within the Colonial National Historic Park boundaries, 2007 breeding season. CCBTR-07-05. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 9 pp.

Paxton, B. J., B. D. Watts, and F. M. Smith. 2007. Autumn migration of northern saw-whet owls on the lower Delmarva Peninsula 1994-2006: Project report 2006. CCBTR-07-01. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 11 pp.

Mabey, S. E., B. J. Paxton, B. D. Watts, F. M. Smith, D. Dawson, and B. R. Truitt. 2007. Baseline assessment of neotropical migrant landbird stopover habitat in the lower Chesapeake Bay region for conservation planning and protection. CCBTR-07-16. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 63 pp.

Watts, B. D., M. D. Wilson, B. J. Paxton, F. M. Smith, D. S. Bradshaw and C. Lotts. 2007. Investigation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Virginia: Year 2006 report. CCBTR-07-04. Center for Conservation Biology Technical Report Series. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. 27 pp.