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Introduction to Bird Banding

  • Massabesic Audubon Center Auburn, NH (map)

One of the most important tools we have to discover where birds are going and which birds are returning is the bird band. Ever since John James Audubon tied a little white thread to the leg of a Black-capped Chickadee, and saw the same bird return to his doorstep the following year, ornithologists have used bands to trace the wanderings of nearly every type of feathered creature, from hummingbirds to hawks. Longtime bird-bander Jay Barry will give us an introduction to the science behind bird-banding and show us how it’s done in practice. He’ll bring us along to check his mist nets, where we may find migrant sparrows such as Song, Swamp, Lincoln’s, Savannah, and Dark-eyed Junco, and even such uncommon visitors as the Blue Grosbeak. Jay will also explain possible internship opportunities for Young Birders to help him at his banding station next summer. We’ll meet at Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, NH, just before 10:00 a.m. and listen to Jay’s program, which is open to the general public and runs until noon. Afterwards, Jay will spend some time with us, answer our questions, and introduce us to a few wild birds that can be held in the hand! Bring a lunch…and a camera.

Earlier Event: October 6
Sharpies, Sparrows, and Cider Donuts
Later Event: October 13
The Harriers Get Their Sea Legs