Experiencing bird banding can make a life-long connection between an, otherwise, unknown bird and a child. Banding is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to witness the beauty of birds. Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke from the Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) will gently net, identify and record vital statistics of captured birds before giving visitors the opportunity to release them! Data collected aid in the study of species using the Missouri River corridor as both migratory stop-over and breeding habitat, providing scientists with insight about what’s happening in the ecosystem. Each bird receives colored and numbered bands aiding in identification and assessment of territory fidelity if re-captured. Burroughs supports MRBO’s important work, and we offer the public several opportunities to watch Dana and Ethan band birds. It’s a magical experience for everyone, seeing birds up close!
Bird banding dates for the 2017/2018 year are:
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday, December 9, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday, January 13, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Noon to 3:00 PM
Special note: If high winds and rain make it unsafe to net the birds, Dana and Ethan will give a presentation in lieu of banding. Please contact the Burroughs Audubon Library and Bird Sanctuary at 816-795-8177 with any questions.
Bird banding events always take place at our Nature Center and Bird Sanctuary unless otherwise stated.
You can find step by step instructions by going to Google maps and typing in our address: 7300 SW West Park Road, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015.