Thursday, March 4, 2010
Bird Banding - March 20, 8:30-10:30
Please join the KidsWhoBird club for a special event coming up on Saturday, March 20 from 8:30am to 10:30am. Dr. Van Remsen, whom many of you met at the LSU Museum of Natural Sciences, will be doing a bird banding demonstration for us that morning. The process for banding birds involves setting up a "mist net" into which the birds fly and from which they are gently extracted, and then a tiny aluminum containing identification information is applied to the bird's leg. The birds are released unharmed. Information regarding each bird is entered into a central database. This process marks the bird and helps scientists know where birds travel, how long they live, and other important scientific information. What's fun for us is that we get to see, touch, and photograph the birds up close! The attached picture of me features a beautiful Buff-bellied Hummingbird that was banded last week -- I got to hold it for a few moments when it was released.
Please look at your calendars, and if you think you can participate in this event, please send me an email and I will give you address and directions to
the location for the bird banding demonstration. I hope you will all take advantage of this great opportunity!
Our March meeting will be held on Wed. March 24. More info later for that...