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Posted by Jill Russell on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 @ 5:38 pm EST
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The Seven Hills School Middle School teacher Jennifer Licata and Drs Jill and Dave Russell  presented AREI’s Birds of a Feather middle school program at the annual meeting of the National Science Teacher’s Association in Indianapolis, IN, April 1st.  No Joke!  Even though our presentation was on the last day of the conference, we had an unexpectedly large audience!  A representative from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology was there and was thrilled to see their bird programs being incorporated into Birds of a Feather.  We were able to share our model of science collaboration with teachers from as far away as Puerto Rico!  A great trip all around!

Posted by Jill Russell on Monday, December 12th, 2011 @ 3:55 pm EST
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Great presentation on our Boreal Owl Study at the IBBA this past week.  Got to do some birding while we were there and snapped this photo of Green Jays at Bentsen-Rio GrandeValley State Park.

 

Posted by Jill Russell on Saturday, November 26th, 2011 @ 10:21 pm EST
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Jill and I had a great time talking about birding the Haul Road with the folks from Columbus Audubon! What a fun night! Thanks for inviting us to share our adventures with you!

Posted by Jill Russell on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 @ 4:34 pm EST
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We will be teaching banding classes at the Ecology Research Center, Miami University every Tuesday this Winter.  Classes are free and open to all beginning and experienced banders.  If you are planning on attending classes, please contact Dave Russell @ russeld@muohio.edu.

Posted by Jill Russell on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 @ 4:31 pm EST
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Tuesday was our last day of banding for Fall Migration.  We will begin banding migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls at our Hueston Woods State Park banding station in November.  Watch the calendar for exact dates.  Also, remember that Jill and Sr Marty are banding at CBO on the 2nd Tuesday of the month throughout the Winter.

Posted by Jill Russell on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 @ 9:05 am EST
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We’ve had a great month of banding this year!  Last week we got five different vireo species on the same day!  Check out these three.

Blue-headed Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Posted by Jill Russell on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 @ 8:56 am EST
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Banding at our Hueston Woods station has been very busy this Fall!    Photos will be coming!

Posted by Jill Russell on Thursday, September 30th, 2010 @ 2:22 pm EST
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 We banded 194 individuals, recaptured 1 female Indigo Bunting from 01Oct2009 for a total of 195 from 12 species. Banded birds included:

Nashville Warbler-1

Palm Warbler-6

Common Yellowthroat-20

E. Phoebe-1

Indigo Bunting-17 [+1 recapture]

Am. Goldfinch-78

Field Sparrow-2

Swamp Sparrow-12

Lincoln’s Sparrow-8

Savannah Sparrow-7

Song Sparrow-39

Bobolink-3

 Yes we banded three Bobolinks!! Two were hatch-year females

and one an after-hatch year male

Note that the male looks very different in his basic plumage than we typically see while breeding in summer. These guys might wind up as far south as Argentina this fall!!! The males colors appear richer than the females, but they are easily sexed by wing cord length-males are greater than 93mm females less than 91mm. 

 There were numerous other birds around that didn’t make their way into the nets—Cooper’s Hawk (almost ended up in the net!), Bobwhite, woodcock, Sedge Wrens, ect.

Hopefully Sat morning will be as nice as today!!!

Posted by Jill Russell on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 @ 6:10 pm EST
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This Hatch Year male Black and White Warbler was banded August 28th.  Since getting back from Alaska, we have been very active banding Fall Migrants at our Hueston Woods State Park banding station.  We got both of these male Mourning Warblers on the same day – a Hatch Year and an After Hatch Year. 

 

 

Be sure to check the calendar for other banding dates in 2010.

Posted by Alex Grantz on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 @ 6:12 pm EST
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