Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kalamazoo Nature Center Bird Banding Program

At the Kalamazoo Nature Center, there is a bird banding program. The birds get trapped in nets that are really long and tall. The nets are all around the Nature Center Property. The research assistants collect the birds once an hour and bring them to the Bird Barn once an hour. Then, they give each bird a metal band with a 9 digit number. They record the species of bird, and then they blow on the feathers to see how much molting and fat the bird has. They put this information into a computer. Then they release the bird back into the wild.
I've been three times to watch the bird banding. The first time, I went with Granddaddy (he lives in Houston, TX) and Jill. The second time, I went with Jill and Jessica (my moms). The third time, I just went with my mom, Jill.

1 comment:

  1. Arden,
    I am so glad you found out about the bird banding program at the Nature Center and are able to go watch it happen. I imagine you've learned a lot and can't wait until you get to do it yourself! It's a lot of fun.

    I once did some bird banding. I also learned how to take blood samples from birds for researchers who were wanting to find out all sorts of things about their health. It's surprising how lightweight and soft birds feel in your hand. You have to be incredibly gentle!

    I can't wait until I get a chance to talk to you about birds! You are my new favorite scientist!