Bird Banding Techniques

September 9, 2016


Bill Maynard, a botanist and former high school biology teacher, has worked for various government agencies from Alaska to South Florida and for The American Birding Association. He discovered the 87,000 acre Chico Basin Ranch to be the perfect natural laboratory to study and photograph birds, dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects. Chico Basin Ranch Natural History Resources : BIRDING CHECKLIST // BIRDING MAP // DRAGONFLY & DAMSELFLY CHECKLIST //

The process of extracting a bird sometimes tangled badly in a mist net and then examining wing, bill, and feathers, while looking at fat reserves, eye color, feather molt, and other body characteristics takes many years of practice to keep the bird healthy before release. Common Grackles are common in spring and fall but usually avoid the Chico net lanes most years, but they have become one of the more commonly caught species this September. Here, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ biologist, Laura-Marie examines the length and coloration of the bird’s primaries which will tell her this bird’s age, a hatch year female. ¬†Forgot to mention this species likes to bite.