Setting Nets & Banding Birds: Research Invitation from the National Aviary!
Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM - Monday, September 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Neighborhood Nestwatch: Setting Mist Nets & Banding Birds
A FIELD RESEARCH PROJECT OF THE NATIONAL AVIARY
Saturday, August 30th, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Setting Mist Nets
Sunday, August 31st, 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Banding & Releasing Birds
* Rain Date: Monday, September 1st, 6:30 AM - 10:30 - Banding & Releasing Birds
LATEST WEATHER NOTICE, Sunday, August 31st, 7:00 PM
The weather report looks good for Monday morning. We can band birds even if there is a light rain. We had about an hour break of light rain this morning, and banded a few birds. We're going to band birds Monday morning from 6:30 AM until 10:30 AM. Please come join us! If you get a free ticket below we'll be able to notify you if anything changes.
Come join us (weather permitting) to participate in this free National Aviary research project. On Saturday, August 30th, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM we will be setting up mist nets on the Four Directions Center's ten-acre refuge to capture birds that will be banded and released the following morning, Sunday, October 31st, from 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Our leader will be our friend and neighbor, Dr. Steven Latta, Director of Conservation & Field Research at the National Aviary.
* We are limiting the number of participants to no more than 50 each day, because it is a research project and we need to assure the welfare of the birds. So, get your free tickets early before this wonderful event sells out!
"This is the second year of this program and this spring and summer we visited over 100 homes in the Pittsburgh region with our bird banding and monitoring program. It is a fantastic way to engage children and adults in appreciating birds and promoting their conservation. The Aviary's staff ornithologist, Bob Mulvihill, and Matt Webb from BirdSafe Pittsburgh will also join us, so there will be lots of opportunities to talk about how to make Pittsburgh bird friendly!"
* This event is free of charge, but we still need you to get free tickets above so that we know how many people are coming and how many cars to park! In this rural area, on-street parking is prohibited. If a large number of people are attending beyond our on-site parking capacity, we will hire a shuttle to and from a nearby church or library parking lot, so please let us know! As a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity, we rely on charitable donations to allow us to keep presenting programs such as this, so anything you are able to contribute is always most appreciated!
HIstory: In early June 2013 the National Aviary hatched the idea of bringing a very successful citizen science project called Neighborhood Nestwatch right here to Pittsburgh. Developed in 2000 by Dr. Peter Marra at the Smithsonian Institute for the Washington, D.C. area, Neighborhood Nestwatch was expanded in 2012 to include Springfield, Massachusetts, Gainesville, Florida, and in 2013, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD NESTWATCH?
Neighborhood Nestwatch is a study that focuses on eight common backyard birds found throughout the eastern U.S. and in a variety of landscapes from urban to rural. They are:
These and other birds are caught and uniquely color-banded by researchers during an annual morning-long visit to the home of every Neighborhood Nestwatch participant.
Participants and their families are encouraged to be present for the banding activities and are welcome to invite their friends and neighbors, too. They will even be given the chance to hold and release birds after banding, which is an extraordinary experience for children and adults alike!
* We will need all children under 16 years of age to be accompanied by a responsible adult, please.
WHAT DO NESTWATCH PARTICIPANTS DO?
First and foremost, participants provide access to private areas that otherwise could not be used for scientific study of birds. By simply allowing researchers to come, catch, and band birds in their backyards (and front yards and side yards!), participants in Neighborhood Nestwatch are already helping a great deal. But, after the birds are banded and the researchers have left, participants continue to help—they (and their neighbors) keep track of when they see the birds that were banded in their yard. This information is used to estimate survival rates. Also, participants help by finding and monitoring any bird nests they find. This information is used to analyze nesting success for birds living in areas with different amounts of developed land.
Like all citizen science projects (for example, National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count), the strength of Neighborhood Nestwatch lies in the large amount of data that can be gathered in a relatively short period of time. Nestwatch participants not only provide access to their backyards, giving researchers an ability to study birds in developed areas, they become bona fide field assistants, helping researchers to gather much data on bird nesting and survival.
* Although everyone will stay on site until noon on Sunday, you might want to get here on the early side, as a majority of the birds will probably be banded by 10:00 AM.
When & Where
The Four Directions - A Center For The Arts and Healing
The Four Directions, a 501c3 nonprofit Corporation, dedicated to the Arts, Creativity, Spirituality, Healing and Nature, is located in Gibsonia, Pennyvania, a 40 minute drive North from Pittsburgh. Situated on ten rural acres of terraced hillsides, it has three lovely spring-fed ponds and a blend of scenic woodlands, floriferous gardens and wild native pastures with historic and modern buildings and outdoor structures and ceremony places. The grounds are a tranquil place to walk, explore, meditate or converse whie attendin the Center's diverse offerings.
We offer a fascinating mix of creative experiences, self-discovery programs, art exhibits, participatory demonstrations, music and dance performances, meditative retreats, modalities in the healing arts, special events and ceremonies, deep interactive connections with nature and much more. Programs are led by remarkable artists and creators, healers, wisdom keepers, and personal growth guides, who inspire through a shared sense of playfulness and visionary ideas
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