A marvelous morning of migratory bird banding

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Birds throughout the world are in trouble, and habitat loss is one of multiple reasons for their decline. Understanding the birds’ life cycles and habitat requirements during migration is becoming increasingly important – especially as climate change continues to affect the world.

Collaborative bird banding helps fill in the knowledge gaps, which is why I do this work. This bird-banding station is in its fourth year of operation, and this is an ideal location for it. The Phillips Tract is a mix of plots, including – but not limited to – tallgrass prairie and old field/successional woods. Another lure for birds choosing to use this site is that the Saline Branch of the Salt Fork River runs through it, giving them access to the fresh, readily moving water they need.

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