Don't miss an opportunity to contribute to important scientific data collection, receive some hands-on education about hummingbirds, and maybe even hold one in your hand!!
Hummingbird Banding - $15 Requires registration.
Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29
Two sessions held each day: 9:00am - 11:30am or 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Shuttles will depart from the Pioneer Pavilion on Friday and Saturday at 9:00am and 1:00pm to
transport participants to the banding site and back. The transport time is
approximately 45 minutes each way, and
participants will visit the banding site for approximately 1 hour. Shuttles will
return to the Pioneer Pavilion at 11:30am and 3:30pm respectively. Registrants
may choose either the morning or afternoon session.
What is Hummingbird Banding?
You are invited to join us for a hummingbird banding demonstration at the Dendy Ranch, owned by Bill and
Fran Dendy, in western Gillespie Country. The Dendys are annual hosts to thousands of hummingbirds every
spring and summer.
Licensed banding Leaders, Robert and Kay Lookingbills, will discuss the natural history of the hummingbirds
and what has been learned from banding projects. Participants will observe capture, banding measurement,
and release of the hummingbirds. The demonstration allows for close-up observation and photography
Birds are generally captured for banding in either very fine nylon nets known as "mist nets" or hand-operated
traps with feeders inside. Captured birds are weighed and measured and their species, sex, and age are
recorded. Each is fitted with an aluminum leg band with a unique number provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service and released unharmed. If the bird is captured again, the band provides the link to retrieve its history, providing
important information on the routes used by migrating birds, their longevity, and
general physical condition
HUMMINGBIRD BANDING: THE PROCESS
HUMMINGBIRD BANDING LEADERS
Robert and Kay Lookingbill, who hold
master bird banding permits, are Research
Associates for the Gulf Coast Bird
Observatory in Lake Jackson, Texas. The
Lookingbills have managed a variety of bird
banding projects for over a decade, banding
songbirds, hummingbirds, raptors, owls and
pelicans. They also volunteer their banding
experience for a number of other
organizations and facilities in Texas.
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