Our Banding Adventure
Young Naturalist J and I take these trips to the different banding stations for helping us explore how these organizations conduct their studies. Each project is different and they always have a way of showing us something that we had never seen before. The Navarre Marsh Banding Station in Ohio and the Presque Isle Banding Station in Erie PA were no exception and both stations were different in many ways. The truth is that we take these trips to enjoy the many wonderful birds that are not normally caught at our banding station (and for us to capture a few photos)!!
We were so excited once we made it through National Wildlife Refuge at Magee Marsh to finally see this famous banding station. We were allowed to follow the Black Swamp Bird Observatory staff around to check for birds in the mist-nets but even with our banding experience . . . we were not given any permission to handle the birds. Their protocol was for trained staff only to handle the birds, which wasn’t a problem and I agree that it is important to know who is handling your birds!
I wasn’t impressed with a few of the ways they worked with the birds but when you need to handle as many birds in a day like they do . . . . you come up with different ways of speeding up the banding process. I guess those are decisions that need to be decided upon by the on site bander-in-charge.
Young Naturalist J and I laughed at how excited the banding staff got when they captured a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the mist-net. We were in such an awww with so many other birds like the Prothonotary Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler and Cape May Warblers . . . . that the Red-breasted Nuthatch seemed like a secondary bird to us (since they are common breeders in my back yard).
For the last hour of being at the banding station we listened to Black Swamp Bird Observatory staff talk to a group of birders who scheduled a visit to the banding station. I must admit that the crew did an amazing banding demonstration for the group and I like how they helped educate the visitors on the many important details of banding at their station (BRAVO JOB)
Ok, more warbler and other birdie photos from our Ohio trip to be posted soon!
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