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Banding Demo for Kids Last Friday

For the past 6 years I have had the opportunity to participate in Allegany State Park’s Great Outdoors Day with the Recreation Department. This year due to the scheduling conflicts . . . . I was only able to banding during the Friday Class Sessions. But I still had the opportunity to interact with over 200 children from numerous school districts.


First Day at CLDC for 2009

Wilsons Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler

Last Sunday after the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage we started banding over at the CLDC MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) banding station. We placed bands on 14 species and we placed new bands on 19 individuals. In addition to the newly banded birds we recaptured 2 Song Sparrows, 4 Common Yellowthroats, 1 House Wren and 1 Indigo Bunting which were previous year banded birds (for a total of 27 individuals).

Allegany Nature Pilgrimage 2009

Old Growth Walk
Old Growth Walk (Photo by Patty)

Last weekend the 51st annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage was held in Allegany State Park. This is my 14th year attending the pilgrimage and my 11th year as a trip leader. The Allegany Nature Pilgrimage was started by Gilbert Burgeson (aka Gib) who traveled to Tennesee to visit their daughter. While in Tennessee he attended the Smokey Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage and said, “Why can’t we have a pilgrimage? Why not at Allegany Park?”! Over the past 51 years the organization still frequently has visitors from all over the United States, Canada and other Countries to attend the Pilgrimage weekend. (more…)


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Cecilee Representing with her Kicking Tat!


Banding Starts Friday

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I Miss Banding Season!

We start banding Friday Morning at the SWAT site!  . . . . . CHEERS! The SWAT site is ready and I almost have the CLDC site ready! After Banding Friday morning we will be attending the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage over the weekend and then banding again at CLDC Sunday Morning! Look for the photos and updates once I can get to them!

Nature Haiku – Tree

The Old White Pine

By Young Naturalist C


Standing tall and strong

It waves to the fluffy clouds

With its green fingers


Nature Haiku – Bees

Queen Anns Lace

By Young Naturalist C

Black and yellow stripes
Buzzing around the flowers
Spreading the pollen