The fall migratory season was busy as our all-volunteer crew took
care of banding operations, welcomed and interacted with guests and
hosted programs for school groups and other organizations.
All nets were recently taken down for the season and we extend our
appreciation to all who were able to come forward to help us out.
Nets will go back up in early March, weather permitting, stay tuned…
SBBO volunteers completed putting up the mist nets on
Saturday, August 6 and began regular weekend banding. A few
dedicated volunteers put up some nets in late July and began
banding–over 200 birds–and report a healthy population of
Visitors are welcome on Saturdays from 8am-4pm and Sunday
mornings from 8am-10:00am. Birds are more active in the
morning; less so in the afternoon when they rest. Guests may
walk along with volunteers on a designated net run as they
check the mist nets. Nets are checked, at a minimum, hourly.
The safety of the birds is the primary concern; therefore,
weather conditions such as heavy rain or excessive heat or cold
dictate whether banding takes place.
It is suggested that visitors call ahead to assure that volunteer
staff are present if weather conditions are “iffy”! Migration
usually ramps up after Labor Day, but birds are moving south