Be Part of Bird Banding at Audubon

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A Flicker being released after it was banded was taken by D. Arlene Bonnett of Jamestown and entered in Audubon’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

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Audubon Community Nature Center

Bird banding is an age-old technique used to discover details about the behaviors of birds.

On Saturday mornings from April 27 through May 18, you are invited to join ornithologists at Audubon Community Nature Center to observe them banding birds.

You can drop in any time between 7 and 11 a.m. to learn exactly how this is done and why. Come on your own or bring the kids with you to view this amazing process. 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.

The bird scientists capture migrating and resident birds in “mist” nets, so-called because they are so fine they are almost like mist.

You can watch how they fit them with identification bands, measure and weigh and then release them to go on with their lives. You might even be selected to help release a bird.

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.

All of the bird banders — Emily Thomas Perlock, Dr. Scott Stoleson, and Don Watts — bring extensive experience and expertise to their tasks.

This program is made possible in part by the Buffalo Ornithological Society and an S. Knox Harper grant from the Northern Allegheny
Conservation Association.

Audubon offers these demonstrations to the public free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

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 about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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.