|Male Wilson's Warbler|
|Adult Lincoln Sparrow|
How Bird Banding Works:
Birds are captured in small nets called Mist Nets. It looks terrible, but surprisingly it really does seem to bother them too much. The Gill Netting used for fish seemed, to me, more traumatic.
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Volunteers gather the birds from the mist nets and place them in a small sack:
A small numbered band is placed on their leg:
Information such as wing and tail measurements are taken:
Beaks are measured:
The ornithologist blows on the birds breast looking for fat, which indicates it is still on migration path, and a brood patch which indicates it is about to nest:
The birds are carefully put into a PVC tube and weighed:
And then released back into their habitat:
I had such a great experience Friday I am planning on volunteering at the fall Bird Banding Station for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory .