The Social Lives of Bluebirds

Can bluebirds teach us about about our own cooperative behaviors? That’s what Cornell University graduate student Caitlin Stern is trying to find out as she tracks and observes the beautiful western bluebirds that make their home in the Hastings Reserve, part of the University of California’s Natural Reserve System that’s made up of 37 protected natural areas throughout that state, totaling 750,000 acres.

In this week’s edition of “Prime: Cuts,” we visit with Stern and tag along as she checks in on the birds in order to understand their cooperative behaviors and, ultimately, the implications her research might have for understanding cooperative behaviors in the animal kingdom.

Prime: Cuts – Social Structure in Western Bluebirds