Banding together to learn more about birds

Posted 9/1/20

One of the true mysteries of nature is the instinctive “movement” of birds and mammals of all sizes over the time and span of their life. Be it the massive herds of elk gathering in the high …

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Banding together to learn more about birds

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One of the true mysteries of nature is the instinctive “movement” of birds and mammals of all sizes over the time and span of their life. Be it the massive herds of elk gathering in the high mountain timber line tundra of the Colorado mountains and starting their trek to the lower lush meadows or the delicate and small hummingbirds winging their way from Mexico across the Gulf of Mexico to their spring breeding grounds in the Western United States.

Migration is a marvel, truly an adventure of wildlife we know little about but study through worldwide research and banding programs. One of those banding stations is located near Brighton, off I-76 at Bromley Lane at Barr Lake State Park.

Kelsey Mazur, Program Volunteer Coordinator and the State Park staff works cooperatively with the professional staff of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies each fall to band birds of various species. It has become a significant and popular family nature program that invites the public to observe, hear speakers and witness the process of migration bird banding. Visitors will observe professionals attach leg bands on birds and learn about the life span of various bird species that pass through Colorado.

Registration is required for all in-person and virtual visitors age 4 and above. Face masks and social distancing is required. A maximum limit of 6 individuals per visitor group is scheduled. Visitors are welcome Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays and from Aug. 25 through Oct. 11. Each banding program is one hour in length and has a $5.00 fee. A State Park vehicle parking fee is required as well.

Registration can be accomplished online or by calling 303-659-4348 x10. Kelsey Mazur is Program Volunteer Coordinator and is available to answer banding program questions. The banding program provides scholarship financial assistance as well. Additional information as well as registration is available at www.birdconservancy.org/event.

Outdoorsman and Westminster resident Ron Hellbusch can be reached at Ron-Hellbusch Comcast.net

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