Jamestown, N.Y. – Bird banding is an established technique used to discover details about the behaviors of birds.
Ornithologists will be working at Audubon Community Nature Center on Saturdays, June 16 and 23. You can drop in any time between 6 a.m. and noon to learn how bird banding is conducted and why.
You can walk side-by-side with these bird scientists to learn how they capture birds in mist nets, weigh, measure, and identify them, fit them with a uniquely numbered band, and then set them free. If the weather is too harsh for the safety of the birds, the nets will not be open and an alternate date will be chosen.
Come on your own or bring the kids with you to view this amazing process.
While not necessary to enjoy the demonstrations, you may want to bring bird guides and binoculars if you have them, and remember to dress for the weather. Plan to listen closely to the scientists and follow their instructions carefully, as safety of the birds is the priority.
Come to the picnic pavilion on the west side of the Audubon property at 1600 Riverside Road, just east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Look for a “Bird Banding” sign at the entrance closer to Route 62. Drive right in and park on the grass.
Audubon offers these demonstrations to the public free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Emily Perlock, wildlife tech instructor at Penn State DuBois, oversees the research. Perlock has been banding birds since 2007, holds a Master Banding permit, and is a certified bander through the North American Banding Council.
The Nature Center building and Blue Heron Gift Shop hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and Sundays 1-4:30 p.m. More than five miles of trails and Bald Eagle viewing are open dawn to dusk daily. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.