Bird Banding: Making Sense of Migration Madness

  • Seacoast Science Center Monument Way Rye, NH, 03870 United States

One of the most important tools we have to discover where birds are going and which birds are coming back is the bird band. Ever since John James Audubon tied a little white thread to the leg of a Black-capped Chickadee, then 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. Lauren Kras, a licensed bander and one of the foremost ambassadors for birding in New Hampshire, will be our guide. She'll introduce us to the mist-net system of capturing birds, and take us through the process of measuring, cataloging, banding, and releasing them.  How do you handle a fragile warbler that weighs no more than 10 M&Ms? On the New Hampshire seacoast, smack in the middle of the spring migration, over 100 species could be in the air and on the water around us. Don't miss this rare chance to see wild birds at arm's length! Meet at the entrance to the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park, 8 a.m. (R.S.V.P. if you plan to attend:nhyoungbirders@gmail.com.)