Bird Banding Demonstration at Cambridge Community Forest - Aug 13Sixteen birds were surprised to find themselves hanging upside down (briefly) in specialized "mist nets" set up in the Cambridge Community Forest in Cambridge, New York, on August 13. Neil Gifford, Conservation Director at the Albany Pine Bush, gently removed the birds from the nets. Then, as 30 rapt guests of the Grassland Bird Trust watched, Neil and his assistant placed tiny metal identification bands on the birds' legs to identify each bird so that the birds' travels can be traced if they are found again. The data collected about each bird, including its sex, weight, age, and molt status, are sent to a national database maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey The birds, including several tufted titmice, some chickadees, and a couple of eastern phoebes, were then released back into the wild, to the mutual delight of the birds and the attendees. While these were not grassland birds, the Grassland Bird Trust hosts several events each year to engage bird enthusiasts of all types.
Picture credit: Kathy Roome