Have you ever seen a wild bird up close? At Tremont we have been using bird banding as a way to educate the public about bird conservation and to monitor the breeding bird population in Walker Valley for over 18 years. Once a week throughout the summer, we open a series of mist nets across our campus to catch, identify, band and assess the birds that are using this area.
Age Group: Any age.
Our banding station is the Council House, which is the open-roofed heptagonal fire pit shelter just a stone’s throw to the south of the main office parking lot. We will set up nets generally 30 minutes before sunrise, and will open them at sunrise. We then check them every 30-40 minutes for 6 hours. It always makes for an exhilarating morning full of surprises.
Bring weather-appropriate clothing, plenty of water, a sack lunch or snacks. Optional: binoculars, field guide, camera, and a sense of wonder.
In addition to being a source of inspiration and awe, birds are indicators of environmental and ecosystem health. Our avian communities are susceptible to changes in air quality, climate, and land use. We operate a Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) banding station, with a goal of continuing to monitor the breeding bird population here to detect changes in our local populations. For more detailed information about MAPS stations and protocol, please visit www.birdpop.org.