Friday, May 23, 2014

Bird Banding and More

We are so blessed to live where we do!   It's absolutely beautiful and there are so many wonderful opportunities to study creation.    This week we got to go to Tremont to take part in bird banding.  It was so fun that the kids are already counting days to the next one.   We learned alot and got an up close look at many birds we never would be able to otherwise. 

The kids got to help collect the birds from the nets, bring them back to the banding station, watch them be processed, data recorded, banded and then help release them.

This is the gauge used for choosing the right size band for their leg.

Worm Eating Warbler

They blow on the belly to see if there is a brood patch, which lets you know it is a female.

Tremont is currently doing a project monitoring Water Thrush because it helps them to know how the streams are doing.   They give each one of them a different color combination of bands so that they can see them through binoculars.

Black and White Warbler

This is how they weigh the film canisters!  Poor birds!


The nets

Red Eyed Vireo

We hung out in the mountains until that evening.  We saw bears, a Pileated Woodpecker, a rattlesnake, lots of butterflies and other insects.   It was a great day!

Great Crested Flycatcher

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