With the snow covering food sources the feeders are expected to be full, giving Cleveland Metroparks volunteers and employees an opportunity to capture and band the visitors.
A strategically placed mist net will be suspended near the feeders that will help the banders safely catch birds for banding.
On Sunday Jan. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Rocky River Nature Center, in North Olmsted, a master bird bander will be on hand to welcome the public who want to learn about the process.
“Banding is a fascinating way we can understand more about birds,” Cleveland Metroparks' Jen Brumfield said.
The program, open to the public on Jan. 20, helps gather information about bill size, tail length, body fat and flight habits.
Master bander Gary Fowler takes the birds from paper bags after they are caught, measures bill size, tail length, body fat and records all the information in a data base that gives scientists a clearer picture of the lives of our avian friends.
Jill Fowler uses a mist net to capture birds that are then carefully put into paper bags, taken inside to be banded and then released unharmed.
“There’s nothing like seeing a young person experience bird banding up close,” Jill Fowler said. “Let a bird go, see what we are doing and just witness the spark of interest, it’s really special.”
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