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Banding at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory (Gallery)

FingerLakes1.com - Photos by Laurie Dirkx, www.lauriedirkx.com
Posted Monday, September 26, 2011 @ 12:03 am

On Saturday I went to Braddock Bay Bird Observatory (www.bbbo.org) to photograph my parents Bob and Chita McKinney banding various songbirds during their fall migration. BBBO is an ornithological research, education, and conservation organization which contributes to the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. Bob, at 86 years of age has had his permit to band birds since 1950 and is a Master Bander licensed by federal and state governments to capture and band wild birds. These images display some of the technique to banding, beginning with the mist net that is used to capture them. Some of what is logged for the Bird Banding Lab of the USGS is wing measurement, age, sex, fat stores for migration (blowing on belly feathers to view this), weight (orange canister on a scale), and band number. On this day, students from Geneseo College were also visiting on a field trip as part of their Vertebrate Biology studies.
  -  Laurie Dirkx on her day at Braddock Bay just northwest of Rochester on Lake Ontario

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

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