|Iris releases a Cedar Waxwing|
Jeanie Williams has volunteered at the station for the past two summers, refining her skills at identifying and measuring birds, removing them from nets, and recording data. Without volunteers like Jeanie, the station could not operate. At the same time, volunteers like Jeanie get to enjoy the unique experience of seeing (and even holding) birds up-close. Many are common, yet seldom-seen residents of NBNC that skulk in dense brush. Only through banding can we see them well and understand their importance at NBNC.
One of the most exciting parts of the morning is when the children arrive. Volunteers have already been banding for three hours, but for the kids of NBNC's summer camp, the day is just beginning. The campers tour the station, learn about why we band birds, and allow birds to perch delicately on their hands before release.
|A banded Chickadee visits the feeder|
Anytime you can advance conservation while educating the public is a chance to double your impact. At NBNC, we call this "citizen science", and we strive to offer such opportunities throughout the year. Visit the citizen science section of our website for a full listing of citizen science programs to join our community of scientist-learners.