Audubon Center To Hold Bird Banding Demonstrations

The public can observe birds up close and bird scientists in action this month at Audubon Community Nature Center. Bird banding demonstrations are scheduled for Saturdays, June 16 and 23. Like the young lady pictured, those attending might even be selected to help release a bird. Submitted photo

Bird banding is an established technique used to discover details about the behaviors of birds.

Ornithologists will be working at Audubon Community Nature Center on Saturdays, June 16 and 23. Those interested can drop in any time between 6 a.m. and noon to learn how bird banding is conducted and why.

Those attending can walk side-by-side with these bird scientists to learn how they capture birds in mist nets, weigh, measure, and identify them, fit them with a uniquely numbered band, and then set them free. 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.

While not necessary to enjoy the demonstrations, those attending may want to bring bird guides and binoculars if they 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.

Those attending should go 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 in and park on the grass.

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

Emily Perlock, wildlife tech instructor at Penn State DuBois, oversees the research. Perlock has been banding birds since 2007, holds a Master Banding permit, and is a certified bander through the North American Banding Council.

The Nature Center building and Blue Heron Gift Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 1-4:30 p.m. More than five miles of trails and Bald Eagle viewing are open dawn to dusk daily. To learn more, call 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.

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