Bird Banding at LLELA

YOU are invited to join LLELA staff and volunteers this fall as we study migrating bird populations IN PERSON. See birds up close in scientists’ hands, witness this important catch-and-release research method, and learn what you can do to help birds every day.

Check our Calendar for upcoming dates and more details.

- See more at: http://llela.unt.edu/migration-bird-banding-youre-invited#sthash.ksrt6sK4.dpuf

YOU are invited to join LLELA staff and volunteers this fall as we study migrating bird populations IN PERSON. See birds up close in scientists’ hands, witness this important catch-and-release research method, and learn what you can do to help birds every day.

Check our Calendar for upcoming dates and more details.

What is banding?

Banding is the process of carefully and temporarily capturing a bird, placing a small band on one leg, and documenting important information about the bird, including its species, gender, weight, tail length, and more.

First scientists set up “mist nets” (hard-to-see soft mesh) around key areas, and speedily remove birds which fly into the net. Then they band the bird - the “band” is a small, light-weight aluminum ring with a unique number on it.  This number helps scientists monitor migrating birds and learn about the health of their population and habitat and other factors that affect them. Then they take important data and release the bird as quickly as possible.

Data is meticulously recorded, then reported to the USGS (United States Geological Survey). At LLELA, we’ve banded hundreds of birds, including the beautiful Magnolia Warbler, the sonorous Hermit Thrush, the ecologically important and elusive LeConte’s Sparrow, and the ever-feisty Northern Cardinal.

- See more at: http://llela.unt.edu/migration-bird-banding-youre-invited#sthash.XiVIYfUy.dpuf

YOU are invited to join LLELA staff and volunteers as we study migrating bird populations IN PERSON. See birds up close in scientists’ hands, witness this important catch-and-release research method, and learn what you can do to help birds every day.

Check our Calendar for upcoming dates and other details for our public Migration Bird Banding programs.

Why do we band birds?

Birds are more than just pretty additions to the scenery. As critical members of their ecosystems, birds provide important information that can be used by researchers and wildlife managers. Banding data has been collected in the United States for over 100 years. The collected information can help us understand:

  • Bird migration and dispersal
  • Habitat preferences and conservation
  • Bird behavior
  • Life spans and population sizes
  • Survival and productivity
  • Toxicology and diseases

LLELA's Banding Station

The LLELA Bird Banding Station is operated by the University of North Texas Institute of Applied Science. It was established in 2006 and is managed by Dr. Ken Steigman, LLELA Director, to monitor the flow of spring and fall migrants moving through LLELA on the Central Flyway and to document species diversity and abundance from year to year. UNT staff, faculty, students and community volunteers all contribute to the operation of the LLELA Bird Banding Station. LLELA bird banding data is submitted each year to the US Geological Survey Bird Banding Laboratory. Our data contributes to an international, long-term bird banding data set, providing information on environmental change, such as the effects of global habitat fragmentation and destruction, and its consequences on bird populations. Our bird banding data is also used locally to evaluate the degree of habitat use by bird species, giving valuable clues as to the effectiveness of our restoration and management strategies at LLELA.

 

If you are interested in more information related to the banding station or would like to participate as a volunteer, please contact Dr. Ken Steigman at steigman@unt.edu.