I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend! I started mine off on Friday with a very exciting bird banding event at Fort Ord National Monument. Last year during the spring of 2017 Monterey Audubon partnered up with Ventana Wildlife Society and the Bureau of Land Management and set up a banding station at the Fort Ord National Monument to monitor bird populations. The bird banding events are open to the community and volunteers are welcomed to join and get involved in conservation.
The events are being led by highly skilled bird biologist that are teaching the volunteers how to handle and identify key characteristics on birds for identifying the gender, when possible, as well as age. We set up 10 mist nets across the riparian habitat in the Toro Creek area of the monument, and we checked the nets every 30 minutes for birds. Once a bird was caught in a net, we brought it back to the banding station to attach a small metal band on the leg that contains numbers as well as document the bird characteristics in a data sheet.
The 2018 season will start in May and end in August with banding events taking place two times per month. 2017 was a successful year and we are hoping the same for the 2018 season. This is also a great way to network with people that work for different conservation organizations in my area to learn about other projects being done in my community.
Wilson’s Warbles in Bander’s Grip
Banding Codes Used to Insert in Data Sheet
Banding Station with Band Gage, Pyle Reference Book, Bags, Pliers, Bands, Scale, ect…
Bewick’s Wren Being Banded on Leg with Pliers and Metal Band.
Volunteer Holding California Scrub Jay in Bander’s Grip and Using the Pyle Book as Reference on Feather Molt.
(Left) Ventana Wildlife Staff and Myself Looking at Feather Wear on Wilson’s Warbler. (Right) Riparian Habitat with Mist Net Set-Up.