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BIRD BANDING WITH BRENDAN

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Brendan and Friend

Brendan and Friend

“I’m a birder, photographer and bird bander from Ottawa, ON. 

For the past 6 years, I have spent most of my summers on the Bruce Peninsula. This will be my 3rd year working with the Huron Fringe Birding Festival, going from a hike assistant to a hike leader, and now I will be doing daily banding demos.

I banded my first bird (a Gray Catbird) in the summer of 2008 while I was a participant of the Young Ornithologists Workshop at the Long Point Bird Observatory. The following year I was accepted into the Young Ornithologists Internship, a month-long program that helped to hone my banding skills. Since then I have spent over 7 months staying full-time at bird observatories, and I have banded close to 4000 birds of 127 species. In that time I have had the opportunity to see and band many interesting species, such as Yellow-breasted Chat, Connecticut Warbler, Barred Owl, Northern Shrike, Bonaparte’s Gull, Baird’s Sandpiper and many more.

Yellow Breasted Chat

Yellow Breasted Chat

Connecticut Warbler

Connecticut Warbler

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Bonaparte’s Gull

Bird banding data has many scientific uses, including documenting population dynamics, migration routes and species’ life spans. It also helps us understand the daily life of an individual bird, especially when colour bands are used.  Banding helps to determine the size of territories, and how faithful certain birds are to specific breeding and wintering territories.

I will be running banding demos on both of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival’s weekends, starting close to sunrise and going until around noon on Saturdays and Sundays. I look forward to meeting many of you this spring, and until then, good birding!” 

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Brendan’s Bird Banding Demonstrations take place on Saturday May 25, Sunday May 26 and again on Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2. Sessions start at 6:00 AM and end at Noon. For the safety of the birds, bird banding is weather dependent. Sessions are free. There is no need to register.

Just show up…early.

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HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL ON-LINE REGISTRATION. 

 http://friendsofmacgregor.org/page/schedule-of-events 

REGISTER NOW TO GUARANTEE YOUR PLACE ON THE EVENT OF YOUR CHOICE

Some events are already full

Brochures are available at MacGregor Point Provincial Park plus a number of other locations

HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL, 2013

MAY 24 – MAY 27

MAY 30 – JUNE 2

MCGREGOR POINT PROVINCIAL PARK

PORT ELGIN, ONTARIO

(Festival Headquarters)

 

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