Bird Banding Sat May 18th at 8:00 am

Observing a bird banding session can be a great way to learn more about birds, whether you are interested in identifying them, their nesting habits, or their migration patterns. Bird banding involves safely placing a band or tag on a bird, usually on its leg, for the purpose of collecting data and identifying individual birds. 

This practice allows researchers to gain insights into the life span, breeding territory, feeding areas, and migration patterns of different bird species. Understanding these patterns and behaviors is crucial in developing and implementing conservation programs for different bird populations. 

However, it is important to note that only those with the necessary permits and approvals are allowed to band birds. If you’re interested in bird banding, consider joining us for an interactive outdoor program led by bird bander Adam McCosham. During this program, you’ll have the opportunity to watch Adam in action as he bands various bird species. You’ll also learn how to identify birds in the hand, see how bird banders age, weigh, and sex the birds, and observe how they affix the band.

Adam is a Conservation and Parks Manager with the Great Parks of Hamilton County and holds a degree in Natural Resource Management. He has spent the last four years training to band birds and enjoys sharing his knowledge of natural history with others. 

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