Today, we had an amazing experience attending a class in our local Audubon Society . We had a pleasure of taking a Bird Walk here before and attended another class for homeschoolers. Today was extra special as we got to see how the birds are banded, and we learned about migration.
First we took a walk among the wetlands and trees that were so full of life comparing to our late autumn and winter visits.
Children learned about beavers being active again and spotted a white heron that was a bit far, but there nonetheless 🙂
Before long we reached the bird banding station (which is open to general public on weekends until May 31,2015, folks in the area hurry up and visit!) and got to see a little Lincoln sparrow that got caught in the net and was ready to be banded. Another little Lincoln sparrow was caught later. Just as we were about to leave more birds came up from other nets, too bad we couldn’t stay to see what kind they were.
The bird’s leg was measured for the band and a band quickly attached, then the wings and tails were measured and carefully recorded, then the fat on bird’s chest was checked- we got to see its little heart fluttering through the transparent skin- so tiny and so fast! Finally the bird was weighted
and the little kids helped release the bird back to nature.
After kids learned about things that help and hinder the migration. It was a lovely walk and we were very lucky to have a warm sunshine after two days of rain.
For more information on migration check out PBS video
And Winged Migration is an excellent film on the topic.