Area Residents Learn About Banding Birds

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Tony Rothering, a licensed bird bander from the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, held a banding demonstration at Bremer Sanctuary on Saturday morning, Sept. 21.

Guests enjoyed an up-close view of area birds while learning about the scientific process of banding and how the data is used to study topics, such as bird population dynamics and the impact of habitat change on the diversity and density of bird species. Susan Shaw presented the "Be a Bander," children's program at the morning event. The youth program included a hands-on activity where child attendees could extract plush birds from a mist net while learning about the process of banding.

Despite the windy weather, Rothering banded 96 birds. The sanctuary set up ten mist nets, though most of the birds were captured in four nets. Rothering banded one Downy Woodpecker, seven Eastern Wood-Pewees, two Black-Capped Chickadees, four House Wrens, one Eastern Bluebird, two Gray Catbirds, two Magnolia Warblers, one Black and White Warbler, 20 Common Yellowthroats, two Chipping Sparrows, two Field Sparrows, one Lincoln Sparrow, one Northen Cardinal, 32 Indigo Buntings and 18 American Goldfinches.

Bremer Sanctuary provided refreshments at the Saturday morning presentation.

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