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NEW ORIENTATION AND TRAINING PROCEDURES IN PLACE FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS AT SBBO.

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Fall migration of birds has started! Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is
looking for new volunteers who share a love of birds and nature in gen-
eral. SBBO is located at Colored Sands Forest Preserve, 5 miles northwest
of Shirland, IL. The observatory is open weekends from now through
November. Hours of operation are Fridays, 4:00 p.m.until after dark;
Saturdays, dawn until after dark, divided into 3 shifts; or Sunday mornings dawn until about 11:00 a.m.
Migrating birds are captured in large mist nets, information is re-
corded, and the birds are banded and then released.The data collected for
46 years is important information for the scientific community telling us
where birds go when they migrate, how long they live, when they return
to nest and, most important, what is happening to populations of bird spe-
cies.
People interested in combining their love of birds, helping visitors
learn more about birds and becoming part of an important scientific opera-
tion can learn more about volunteering by visiting Sand Bluff Bird Obser-
vatory during hours of operation to observe the net-checking and banding
processes. We ask that teens age 13 and up be accompanied by a parent or
other adult. Volunteers are asked to make a commitment to help on a
regular basis throughout the fall weekends.
A “NEW VOLUNTEER” log book will provide a place for new volun-
teers to keep track of their observation visits. Once you have observed at
least four different days, we will begin a more formal training program for
those who wish to become an official volunteer. You are welcome to be-
gin observing now!

Call 815-629-2671 for more information.

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