Sunday, June 10, 2012

GSMIT Announces Bird Banding Program

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is seeking volunteers to assist with bird banding projects on several dates throughout this summer.

Scientists estimate that there are nearly 230 different species of birds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Thirty-four species considered endangered, threatened or of conservation concern have been observed in the park. With all its unusual birds, it is no surprise that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is considered one of the most important places for birds in the eastern United States.

Keeping up with all these species within the 520,000 acres of the national park is a daunting task, and for the past twelve years, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont has been assisting the park in monitoring these birds through bird banding.

The dates for these citizen science projects are: June 14, June 22, July 5, July 25, August 2 and August 8.

Bird banding sessions typically last 5-6 hours beginning with set-up a half hour before sunrise. Participants do not have to attend the entire session. Dress should be weather-appropriate. Participants should bring snacks, plenty of water and rain gear in case of sudden showers. There can be bugs, poison ivy or an occasional stream to cross, so participants should be prepared for all those situations.

Those interested in attending any of the sessions should contact Charlene Stewart at (preferred) or 865-448-6709. Please provide your name, number attending, and best contact information in case of a cancellation.

For more information on the projects, please click here.


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