[cayugabirds-l] Common Nighthawk

2017-05-19 Thread Susan Danskin
Was just out in my backyard (N Tioga St, Ithaca) filling my bird feeder when I 
happened to spot a Common Nighthawk flying overhead.  Loopy flight as it 
“hunted” for insects.  Headed north toward Stewart Park and the lake.
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[cayugabirds-l] downtown Great Horned Owl

2016-06-01 Thread Susan Danskin
Just had a Great Horned Owl hooting outside my bedroom window on N Tioga St.  
Assume it is one of the Jetty Woods owls out hunting.
Susan
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Burns Rd. Woodcock NO, bats YES

2016-03-09 Thread Susan Danskin
The bats that live in the wall of my house were active for the first time in 
months last night.  

> On Mar 9, 2016, at 7:35 PM, Gary Kohlenberg  wrote:
> 
>   I don’t know how early people see bats in our area, but saw my first of 
> the year tonight on Burns Road, Ithaca. I didn’t see or hear any woodcock 
> yet, but the bats were actually more exciting. It feels like spring now. 
> 
> Gary 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SSW this morning

2015-04-30 Thread Susan Danskin
Add 2 PINE WARBLERS to the mix along Wilson North and my experience there from 
8 til 8:45 was similar to Anne Marie’s.

Around 5pm there was a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak poking around low in the 
trees and shrubs of Wilson North.

3 CHIMNEY SWIFTS chittering overhead as I pulled some weeds in the garden 
around 7pm.
Susan Danskin


 On Apr 30, 2015, at 8:54 AM, Anne Marie Johnson a...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 I walked the Wilson Trail from 7:45 to 8:30 and found some variation to what 
 others saw earlier. Most of the activity was from the Fuller Wetlands to the 
 Sherwood Platform. Mixed in with the LOTS of Yellow-rumped Warblers and a few 
 Ruby-crowned Kinglets along this stretch were two PALM WARBLERS. I also found 
 a BROWN THRASHER. I heard two Northern Waterthrushes from the direction of 
 the power line cut, and a Spotted Sandpiper was working along a log straight 
 out from the Sherwood Platform. 
  
 Anne Marie Johnson
  
 From: bounce-119114054-9846...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-119114054-9846...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chris R. 
 Pelkie
 Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:06 AM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SSW this morning
  
 I was a half hour behind Mark, I guess: from 7-745 I walked the northern end 
 of Hoyt-Pileated, finding 3 BLUE-HEADED VIREOs, 2 of whom were interacting 
 vocally and by chasing each other through the treetops, while the other was 
 some distance away singing. Numerous BROWN CREEPERs in full song; the 2 I 
 located were as expected on high perches, so I suspect this is territory/nest 
 defense song? Then amidst the creeper song, I heard what sounded like 
 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER but wondered if a creeper had swapped a couple 
 notes. Moving closer to Woodleton though, I got confirmation from 2 BT Greens 
 singing (one in front of me, and 1 behind) though I couldn’t see them. 
  
 I think the big wave is coming but not here yet.
  
 ChrisP
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 Bioacoustics Research Program
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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 Ithaca, NY 14850
  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.

2015-04-19 Thread Susan Danskin
A friend sent me a photo of the chick in the nest time stamped 10:45 am today.  
is it possible John’s group was looking at a different nest?  I know Gary K 
said he spent a bunch of time looking at the wrong nest a couple of weeks ago.
Susan





 On Apr 19, 2015, at 7:02 PM, Paul Schmitt pschmi...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Well, I have photos of both chicks and adult from Saturday morning.  This 
 report does not match.
 
 Paul Schmitt
 
 Sent from my iPad
 
 On Apr 19, 2015, at 6:15 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Correction: I was at the GH Owl nest THURSDAY morning, around 9:00 am. One 
 adult and one large nestling were visible in the nest.
  I was there myself on Friday morning when the owls were definitely in 
 residence.
 
 Marie
 
 
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
 Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:
 
 http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE
 
 From: bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-119069866-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marie P. Read 
 [m...@cornell.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:08 PM
 To: John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest
 
 John Confer wrote:
 
  We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
 Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
 was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
 reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? 
 If the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost 
 immediately after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.
 
 Well that is totally bizarre, because some friends of mine said they saw the 
 GH Owls on that nest Saturday afternoon (I think) and I was there myself on 
 Friday morning when the owls were definitely in residence.
 
 What happened?
 
 Marie
 
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
 Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:
 
 http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Sierra-Wings-Birds-of-the-Mono-Lake-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE
 
 From: bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-119069750-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of John Confer 
 [con...@ithaca.edu]
 Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 4:56 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; John Confer
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy
 
   The warbler team had a moderately good day. We did not find many migrants: 
 one White-throated Sparrow as we were leaving the Lab and then a 
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker calling as we got into the cars. The swan pen at 
 Stewart Park had few birds and the waterfront produced the more common 
 waterfowl. An ornithology class from Binghamton did find a Ruddy Duck, which 
 we missed. We heard and saw Fish Crow, at least 5 around the picnic tables 
 near the band shelter.  We did hear the wheesey call and see glimpses of two 
 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the west band of Fall Creek.
 
 
   We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned 
 Owl nest. To our total surprise, , although there was no owl in sight, there 
 was a Red-tailed Hawk flat on the nest as if incubating. I know some species 
 reuse the nest of other species, but two raptor species in the same season? 
 If the red-tail is incubating, it must have started laying almost 
 immediately after the GHOW left, because it was there just two weeks ago.
 
 
   Jetty Woods had ~30 cormorants distributed among two trees with a lot of 
 guano beneath them, suggesting several days stay. We had a fine view of a 
 flicker singing, if you call it that, and then later the same bird on the 
 ground, apparently eating ants.
 
 
   Perhaps most enjoyably, we found a White-breasted Nuthatch pair carrying 
 material into a cavity in the end of a large, broken branch along the south 
 end of Jetty Woods. One bird actually removed some material from the nest, 
 which reminded me of trying to move furniture to please my wife.
 
 
  A nice morning of birding.
 
 
 John Confer
 
 
 
 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock and Owl

2015-03-20 Thread Susan Danskin
At 7:35 tonight I pulled up to the field just east of the airport on Snyder Rd. 
 The minute I got out of my car I started to hear the “peents of at least one 
American Woodcock coming from the less snowy areas of the field.  During the 
twenty minutes I hung around I heard repeated peenting and the “sky song” 
twice, but was unable to get my binoculars on the bird.  As I was leaving, 
headed west on Snyder, I saw a Great Horned Owl perched at the top of a tree 
beautifully silhouetted by the fading light.  It flew at the sound of my tires 
stopping on the gravel shoulder but fortunately relanded just a few hundred 
yards to the west just before the curve on Snyder.

Bodes well for the SFO Woodcock and Owl watch...
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[cayugabirds-l] lost wallet at Myers

2014-05-16 Thread Susan Danskin
If anyone finds a small maroon wallet in the spit parking lot at Myers, please 
contact Susan Danskin at 607 277-2622.
Thanks Susan
PS Thanks to Bob for the Kittiwake!
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[cayugabirds-l] Wallet found

2014-05-16 Thread Susan Danskin
Thanks Chris Pelke!

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[cayugabirds-l] SSW this evening

2014-05-07 Thread Susan Danskin
Two pleasant surprises on Wilson North this evening:
1) Solitary Sandpiper at north end of stream that runs under footbridge.  
2) Blackburnian Warbler at bend just beyond Sherwood Platform, foraging at tops 
of partially leafed out trees, beautifully lit by setting sun. 

Susan Danskin
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri pm

2014-05-02 Thread Susan Danskin
5:30-7:45 pm 

New birds for me were PALM WARBLER and a very cooperative, gorgeous BLUE-WINGED 
WARBLER in a nice little mixed flock along lower Wilson North (Darn Jay for 
finding it first…;-)).  Flock also included BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, BW 
WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and oodles of RC KINGLETS.

Near intersection of Severinghaus and West, I rounded a bend at a fast clip and 
stumbled upon the local RED-TAILED HAWK sitting on a low log chomping down on a 
small, dark gray mammal with semi-bald rounded ears (Shrew? Vole?).  I was 
within 25 feet when I looked up and was shocked to see it right there.  It 
seemed completely unperturbed by my presence.  As he/she tore off bits, I was 
able to creep in closer for an attempted photo with phone.  Must have gotten a 
bit too close because remains were swallowed in one gulp and then the hawk 
hopped to a slightly higher stump a little further away.  That’s twice in the 
last week I have had a close encounter with this presumably same hawk.  Last 
time it was drinking from one of the small trail-side puddles on the west 
section of Wilson Trail.

BLACK-THROATED GREEN at intersection of Severinghaus and SSW Rd.

Finally, an unbelievably late FOY CHIPPING SPARROW at front entrance to lab.



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[cayugabirds-l] White-eyed Vireo still at SSW

2014-04-28 Thread Susan Danskin
After hours of searching on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, I had given 
up hope on seeing the White-eyed Vireo, but had decided to get over to 
Sapsucker Woods as frequently as possible before and after school just to see 
what is around.  Sometime between 4 and 5 this afternoon, I was staring across 
the duck weed covered pond with the little dirt trail leading to water’s edge 
on the north side of Wilson North when movement in the shrubs hanging low over 
the northeast side of the pond caught my eye.  Instantly my brain went into the 
spring cobweb cleaning mode of “Which warbler is that?” because I assumed the 
Vireo had long since moved on.  Within seconds realized field marks were all 
wrong for a warbler and all right for the White-eyed Vireo.  Good thing, 
because seconds was about as long as it was willing to stick around.  So if 
like me, you missed it last week, there is still a chance. 
Also, Northern Waterthrush prowling around water’s edge on that same pond.  
Both birds silent.
Susan Danskin
PS Beware of mist nets in the middle of Wilson North trail right next to the 
pond.  They almost caught an Oblivious Danskin this afternoon.  Every once in a 
while it pays to look where you are going.
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[cayugabirds-l] Black-throated Green

2014-04-25 Thread Susan Danskin
Black-throated Green Warbler in a flock of Yellow-rumpeds on Wilson trail north 
and again at Sherwood Platform 6:15 tonight.  Probably same bird.
Susan
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[cayugabirds-l] Upstairs/Downstairs Screech Owl

2013-09-12 Thread Susan Danskin
Time: 5am 
Date: Muckrace Saturday (9/7)
Place: upstairs bathroom vs front porch, 812 N Tioga St 
Observers: Susan Danskin and Dave Nutter
Suspects: Eastern Screech Owl or Dave Nutter doing a darn good imitation
While taking a last minute pit stop in my upstairs bathroom before heading out 
for Muckrace, I heard the distinct whinny of an eastern screech owl.  Thinking 
it was unlikely that I had just gotten a life-yard-bird while sitting on the 
john, I figured Dave was just practicing his screech owl imitation from my 
front porch before our Muckrace adventures began.  Dave denied any such doing 
and bemoaned his declining hearing as the reason he had missed it.  Muckrace 
fever soon struck and the screech owl was long forgotten.

Time: 10:09pm
Date: Today (9/12)
Place: upstairs computer room vs front porch, 812 N Tioga St
Observer: Susan Danskin
Suspects: Eastern Screech Owl or an evil neighbor who has figured out how to 
torment me
While working at my upstairs computer and listening to a podcast, I distinctly 
heard an eastern screech owl whinny from across the street.  Heading down to my 
front porch for a better listen, I found the sound to be quite diminished.  
Never really thought about it before, but seems that being up on the second 
floor at tree top level really makes a difference.  So Dave, maybe your 
hearing isn't as bad as you think it as at least when it comes to screech owls.

Plan to do all of my future owling from the comforts of my bathroom.  Much more 
productive than standing out in the woods freezing my butt off.
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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine

2013-03-06 Thread Susan Danskin
More Rt 13 birding from Danskin…. 4:45 pm today a Peregrine Falcon was headed 
northbound in the southbound lane of Rt 13 (Ok really about 20 ft above the 
lane) near the mall.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds

2012-09-07 Thread Susan Danskin
My aunt and uncle live in North Carolina.  They have been observing hummingbird 
copulation at their feeder this week.  They were wondering the purpose since it 
is way too late to be breeding this year.  Fun? Practice?
Susan


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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip to Lindsay Parsons

2012-05-13 Thread Susan Danskin
On Sunday, I was joined for a glorious day of birding at Lindsay Parsons by Rob 
Warfield, Klaus Apel, and Judy Thoroughman.  I don't think we could have picked 
a nicer day.  There was none of the predicted rain and the temperature remained 
perfect all day.  An added bonus… not a single tick in sight!  

Most of the birds we heard we were eventually able to see although some eluded 
our sight.  Unfortunately a few of also eluded identification.  

On the west side of the tracks (blue trail from entrance to railroad bed), 
Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Blue-winged, and Prairie Warblers; Common 
Yellowthroats; Indigo Buntings; and Field Sparrows were common throughout their 
appropriate habitats.  Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos both gave us nice looks 
as well as an almost constant serenade.

Along the boundary between shrub and field, we got decent looks at a Brown 
Thrasher but did not hear it sing.

At the big pond, as we alternated between watching a Solitary Sandpiper and 
scanning the pond, Rob noticed a mature Bald Eagle in a tree on the south side 
of the pond.  As Judy watched it fly away behind the trees to the west of the 
pond, she came across a Belted Kingfisher perched on an limb.

Along what I think of as Warbler Way LP (as opposed to Warbler Way Howland 
Island), we spotted a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird and watched as a male 
chased her from her perch.

At the bridge just before the railroad tracks, we watched a pair of Eastern 
Phoebe fly-catching and tail-flicking.  I had a quick glimpse of a Hooded 
Warbler but no one else got on it before it disappeared.

On the other other side of the tracks (left side of blue trail) we heard but 
did not see Junco and Black  White Warbler.  At Celia's Cup we were stymied by 
a song none of us could pinpoint with 100% certainty.  To protect our honor, I 
won't even mention all of the possibilities we ran through.  Needless to say, 
whatever species it was, it proved to be our nemesis. 

On the other side of the tracks (red trail), some of us finally got a glimpse 
of a Wood Thrush after listening to them sing all morning.  Scarlet Tanagers 
were singing from their hiding places at the tops of the now well-leafed out 
trees and Ovenbirds were singing from their equally obscured locations lower in 
the trees.

At the intersection of the red trail and the railroad bed, we watched three 
not-so-Solitary Sandpipers in the barely-there pond and a Baltimore Oriole from 
high in the trees.

Leaving he Preserve with time to spare, we decided not to trudge through the 
forest on the slim hope of hearing and/or seeing a Worm-Eating Warbler.  
Instead we headed over to the Fire House and had great looks at Eastern 
Kingbird, American Redstart, and Magnolia Warbler.

On the way home we took a slight detour up a road I cannot name to listen for 
Black-throated Green and then detoured again to the intersection of Sandbank 
and King Roads to watch and listen to the aerial displays of Bobolink.  Funny 
how whenever they land, it seems to be just on the other side of the rise.  We 
did not hear any Grasshopper Sparrow while we were there.

Thanks to Rob, Klaus, and Judy for a great day of birding.  If I missed 
anything important in this report, I hope they will feel free to add to it.
Susan Danskin






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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Wood-Pewee in SSW

2012-05-04 Thread Susan Danskin
Earlier this evening, LeeAnn VanLeer and I identified an Eastern Wood-Pewee 
(two white wing bars, no discernible eyeing) on Wilson Trail just past Sherwood 
Platform.  It seemed early for a Pewee, so if anyone has another possibility, 
let me know.  Lots of other stuff but nothing that hasn't already been 
reported.  Favorite sighting of the evening was a Green Heron that flew in, 
circled the pond and landed on a top branch of one of the tallest trees on the 
west side of the pond.  Also Eastern kingbird at pond near white barn.
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[cayugabirds-l] Blue-headed Vireo SSW

2012-04-22 Thread Susan Danskin
The SFO local field trip had at least 3 Blue-headed Vireo foraging along Wilson 
Trail North this morning.  Also great views of the Barred Owl, Rusty 
Blackbirds, and a fishing female Belted Kingfisher.
Susan Danskin
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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike

2012-01-29 Thread Susan Danskin
2 pm today: NORTHERN SHRIKE north of airport on Snyder Rd near tan fenced-in 
Cornell building 
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[cayugabirds-l] possible/probable? Mississippi Kite

2011-06-25 Thread Susan Danskin
Sorry for late posting, but haven't had access to internet.

Around 1:30 this afternoon, I was stopped at the light where Triphammer Rd 
crosses Rt 13.  Noticed a kiting raptor out passenger window.  Immediately 
thought Mississippi Kite based on perfect kiting behavior/posture... Head 
pointed down, long pointed wings, long flared rounded tail.  When bird flew 
past caught quick glimpse of dark near the eye.  Otherwise did not see much in 
the way of details.  Had to keep half my eyes on the road and other half on 
bird.  I know Peregrines are about the same size as Mississippi Kites, but I 
don't know if they kite.  Any info on likelihood or other possibilities would 
be appreciated.  Keep your eyes open around the Triphammer Rd/Rt 13 area.

Again sorry for the late post and sorry I didn't have time to try to chase the 
bird.
Susan
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[cayugabirds-l] White-crowned Sparrow

2011-04-27 Thread Susan Danskin
This morning I was treated to a new yard bird (downtown Ithaca)... one 
White-crowned Sparrow in with a bunch of White-throated Sparrows.
Susan


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[cayugabirds-l] OOB: Science Friday video

2011-02-18 Thread Susan Danskin
Entertaining Burrowing Owl video on Science Friday this week.  Worth a look if 
you are in need of a good little chuckle.

http://www.sciencefriday.com/videos/watch/10365

Susan
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Trip Haiku

2010-02-20 Thread Susan Danskin
Dave was right, I was tired, it took a while to compose the Haiku, and of 
course I had to watch the Olympics.  Obviously not everything is reported here. 
 It was fun to write.  Hope you enjoy.
Susan

Bird Club trip report
Tired of writing in prose
Haiku used instead
 
Fun on Saturday
All the way around the lake
Nice day of birding
 
Joined by Ann Dave Klaus
Sara Jane and Larry too
Gary and Judy
 
East Shore Park at first
Redheads, Goldeneye abound
White-winged Scoter male
 
Ladoga Park next
Trio of Snow Geese plus Coots
Coopers Hawk great look
 
Amidst Canadas
A Greater White-fronted Goose
Myers a success
 
Bathrooms and coffee
Pileated Woodpecker
Triangle Diner
 
Blue birds in cedars 
Yellow-rumped warbler flashes
Road just past Long Point
 
Wells College boathouse
Choppy looks at four Horned Grebe
No companion Earred
 
No Screechie in sight
Not so many birds to see
Both ponds Union Springs
 
Village offices
First looks at swans for the day
Rafts of ducks galore
 
Just south of Mudlock
Tundra and Trumpeter Swans
No Eagles on nest

Rough-leggeds, Eagles
Short-earred owl chased by crow
Mucklands raptor show
 
Van Dyne Spoor no Shrike
Freight trains block exit to pass
Fifteen minutes lost
 
West side at Dean’s Cove
Red-breasted Mergs so handsome
Evening approaching
 
More White-winged Scoters
This time not just one, a pair
Wyers Point Road, there
 
Larry wants a Loon
Not one on east side or west
Sheldrake, finally!
 
Bird Club trip Haiku
Dave thought it couldn’t be done
Had to prove him wrong
 
Haiku about birds
Not so simple or easy
Next time will be prose
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duck banding opportunity at MNWR

2009-08-15 Thread Susan Danskin


Begin forwarded message:

 Dear Cayuga Bird Club,

 The Finger Lakes Institute is coordinating a duck banding event on  
 Saturday, August 29 th . Please feel free to forward this posting to  
 your membership and followers.

 August 29, 8:00 am-10:00 am, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
 Band Together!!! You're in the FLYWAY
 Linda Ziemba, Wildlife Biologist MNWR
 Co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Institute and Montezuma National  
 Wildlife Refuge
 Have you ever held a live bird? Curious to know what wildlife  
 biologist do? Love to watch birds? Montezuma is situated in the  
 middle of one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic  
 Flyway. In this educational activity, participants will work with  
 Linda Ziemba, refuge wildlife biologist, to trap and band ducks in  
 order to contribute to the Atlantic Flyway-wide preseason duck  
 banding effort. Data gathered is essential for setting hunting  
 regulations for game birds. The data are used to assess hunting  
 pressure, estimate productivity and survival, and measure the  
 vulnerability of different age/sex classes to hunting pressure.  
 Participants in this program will be exposed to a variety of live  
 waterfowl, such as mallards, wood ducks, American black ducks,  
 Northern pintail, and American green-winged teal, and be given the  
 opportunity to handle and band the live birds. No experience is  
 necessary to participate in this bird banding activity. In the event  
 of rain, this program will be cancelled. Participants are advised to  
 bring a camera! This program is free and open to the public. Please  
 register to attend by email at sme...@hws.edu or call (315) 781-4382.

 Sincerely,

 Sarah A. Meyer
 Community Outreach Coordinator
 http://fli.hws.edu
 Office:(315)781-4382

 Finger Lakes Institute
 Hobart and William Smith Colleges
 601 S. Main Street
 Geneva, NY 14456


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