Bird Banding Programs

Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader

Sorry about the blatant advertising, but at the request of many Nature of Delaware blog readers, we would like to update you on upcoming programs occasionally.  This is so that you can avoid hitting your head in frustration after reading a blog about a Delaware Nature Society program that you missed and might have enjoyed. 

Two opportunities to participate in bird banding are coming up.  I know this is late notice, but there is still room in the Hummingbird Banding and Biology program taking place on Friday, August 21st, 9:30 a.m. to noon at Ashland Nature Center.  Bruce Peterjohn, the Chief of the USGS Federal Bird Banding Lab will conduct a banding session and discuss the biology of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  Catch hummingbirds, watch how they are banded and measured, and take part in the release.

A Ruby-throated Humminbird in hand.  Female or juvenile?  Photo by Derek Stoner.
A Ruby-throated Hummingbird in hand. Female or juvenile? Photo by Derek Stoner.

The other banding session is the Bird Banding at Bucktoe Creek Preserve with local bander, Doris McGovern on Saturday, August 29, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  We conduct this program every autumn and catch migrants such as thrushes and warblers as well as common year-round residents. 

During the Bucktoe Banding Session in 2008, we caught several Tufted Titmice.  This one is being released.  Photo by Joe Sebastiani
During the Bucktoe Banding Session in 2008, we caught several Tufted Titmice. This one is being released. Photo by Joe Sebastiani

 

Doris McGovern explains the succession of feather molt and how she is aging a Wood Thrush we caught.  Photo by Joe Sebastiani
Doris McGovern explains the succession of feather molt and how she is aging a Wood Thrush we caught. Photo by Joe Sebastiani

Both of these programs are will provide great opportunities to see wild birds in the hand and for close-up photography.

For more information on these programs, visit www.delawarenaturesociety.org or call (302) 239-2334 ext. 134.

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