Watch bird banding in Jamestown

Date(s) - Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015
6:00 am-12:00 pm

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


Join research ornithologists – scientists who study birds — as they capture, band, and release birds, recording information for science from about 6 a.m. to noon at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

The program is in the pavilion located on the west side of the property. The gate at the west entrance is unlocked on bird banding days and a sign is placed at the road.

Dates are:

  • Saturday, June 6
  • Friday, June 12
  • Saturday, June 27
  • Friday, July 3
  • Saturday, July 11
  • Wednesday, July 22
  • Saturday, August 8

Dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes that can get muddy. If the weather is particularly foul and could endanger birds caught in the nets, banding will be rescheduled.

You may want to bring binoculars and your camera.

This opportunity is free, but donations are appreciated. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call (716) 569-2345.

This is the fifth year the he Audubon Nature Center has hosted the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) research program that is specifically timed to target breeding birds.

The MAPS Program is made up of a continent-wide network of hundreds of mist netting stations that capture and band birds for study. The data gathered during these sessions help bird scientists understand more about longevity, breeding, and movement of bird species in our region and beyond.

The banding is done by ornithologist Emily Perlock and the Penn State students she mentors.

The protocol requires opening the nets at dawn and monitoring birds for six hours, so while the actual times vary, the hours are roughly between 6 a.m. and noon.

Species that may be banded include tufted titmice, Baltimore orioles, house wrens, gray catbirds, yellow warblers, common yellowthroats, swamp sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, tree swallows and eastern bluebirds.

Perlock has worked as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Irvine, Pennsylvania, and is currently employed as an Instructor in Wildlife Technology at Penn State DuBois. Having banded more than 4,000 birds, she holds a Master Banding permit and is a certified as a bird bander by the North American Banding Council. She established a banding program at The Arboretum at Penn State and has participated in banding programs for Audubon and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.