Birds of a feather flock to bird-banding station

Bird bander Amber Carver of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory works on a White-crowned sparrow during banding operations last fall at the Grand Valley Nnature Sanctuary. This year’s public day is Saturday.

What do a Wilson’s warbler, white-crowned Sparrow and spotted towhee have in common?

A tiny aluminum band, among other things, thanks to the efforts of the Grand Valley Audubon Society and Amber Carver of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

It’s fall bird-banding time for the local Audubon Society and birds such as those above and others have been hanging around the bird-banding station this week, entertaining the valley’s fourth-graders and making life easy for the scientists and volunteers working the site.

You are invited to a public banding day from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday to watch and learn about bird banding and fall migration.

If you go

WHAT: Public day at the Grand Valley Audubon Society bird-banding station

WHERE: Connected Lakes State Park on Dike Road

WHEN: 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday

HOW: The bird-banding demos are free, but entry fee to the park is $7 per vehicle (or annual pass)


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