Great Outdoors Program
Me with the kids!
This Thursday and Friday the recreation department here in Allegany State Park hosted the Great Outdoors Week program for almost 300 kids from 5 different school districts.
The excitement of releasing a hummingbird!
The park arranged 12 different presenters to discuss fish, deer, stars, etc… and my station focused on bird banding! I had 20 minutes to explain what bird banding is, who does bird banding and how a bird bander bands a bird. I had around 6 class per day and each group (except the last one) were able to see 2 birds being banded (processed).
Historically, I am known to have the loudest station (is it my fault the kids are having fun??). Although the kids are having fun at the station, we are still discussing science and how banding helps ornithologist understand the many questions they are studying. Then I would capture a bird like the Yellow Warbler who was first banded (by me) three years ago (with another school group). I also captured a Black-capped Chickadee who was first banded (by me) on the 26 January 2007 over at the Administration Building. This little Dee turned out being a female who traveled east (1.5 miles) to build her nest.
The recaptured female Chickadee
Rather than me babbling about my past two days, I will just let you enjoy some of the photos that I captured!!
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Yellow Warbler (female)
More pictures of these birds can be found on my flickr page but do note the picture below of the pollen that I had to deal with all day long!