University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research Journal - Daisy Miller: A Study of Patriarchal Perception
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Methods

This study began on the 21st of May 2019 at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford, Florida. Observations were taken twice a week for an average of 2 to 3 hours each day for ten weeks. As previously stated, the observations for this study mainly occurred in the A. hyacinthinus “Display Enclosure” from the boardwalk. When storms were predicted, the zookeepers moved A. hyacinthinus to their “Night Enclosure.” Due to the location of this study, 70% of the observations were taken in the mornings to avoid adverse weather conditions during Florida’s wet season. For simplicity of data recording, Zack was labeled as “A” and Stitch was labeled as “B”. Observations were taken when an individual or the pair moved in the enclosure, performed an action, vocalized, preened, or destroyed a branch, post or bark. Observations were collected every 10 minutes, as well as when mutual preening occurred to determine the duration of each allo-preening session. Additional data such as temperature, humidity levels, weather conditions were collected every hour from a weather application operated by The Weather Channel. It was also noted if another parrot was in the enclosure. Interactions with visitors, long-term volunteers or other animals that disrupted the current activity of the pair were also described.  The observations were later converted into a table separating the “Time and Comments,” “Birds and Action,” and “Descriptions,” as shown below in Figure 3.

Figure 3. Sample observation data

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