Join the Black Swamp Bird Observatory Saturdays this fall for free songbird banding and migration programs and the opportunity to see beautiful birds up close.
Bird banding is one of the techniques that helps scientists better understand bird movements, population dynamics, habitat use and migration patterns. The bird banding programs will demonstrate the methods used at the observatory’s nearby Navarre Bird Banding Station, one of the busiest banding stations in the country.
The Navarre Bird Banding Station has been monitoring bird migration for nearly 25 years and has banded more than 500,000 individual birds to date. Researchers capture birds using soft mist nets. The birds are then fitted with lightweight, individually numbered aluminum leg bands. Data is collected for each bird including species, age, sex, body condition and weight, and then the birds are released unharmed, back into the wild.
The Black Swamp Bird Observatory bird banding demonstrations will be offered Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 and 9 from 10 to 11 a.m.
As migration progresses, each week will present an opportunity to view exciting new species, learn identification pointers, and appreciate the bird observatory’s conservation work. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera for taking outstanding close-up songbird photos.
“Bird banding demonstrations are a perfect representation of BSBO’s motto, “Teaming Research with Education to Promote Bird Conservation,” said Kimberly Kaufman, BSBO’s executive director exclaims,
The programs showcase how critical the stopover habitats of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area are to the songbird populations of the northern United States and boreal Canada.
Bird banding demonstrations are held at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory headquarters, located at the entrance to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 13551 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.
The programs are free, but donations are encouraged to help support the research, education, and conservation efforts of BSBO.
The Black Swamp Bird Observatory is an independent, non-profit organization devoted to bird research, education, and conservation. Located between Port Clinton and Toledo, BSBO is open weekends year-round and additional hours seasonally. For more information, call BSBO at 419-898-4070 or visit www.bsbobird.org.