Our day was full of “Things with Wings”! We started off at Kelly Campus for bird banding with Teton Research Institute. The instructors collected birds from nets that they placed around the campus. Then we got to watch them record information about the birds (weight, age, wing length, gender, health, band number). At the end, we helped release the birds back into the wild. Later, we enjoyed some lunch by the duck ponds and watch some geese browse in the grass. Our day ended at the actual Teton Research Institute where we collected macroinvertebrates! These little critters fascinated us all as we identified them.
Follow-up question: Why is it important to do bird banding?
Answer: To learn more about the birds that live around us, such as: their weight, age, gender, wing length, and if they are healthy. We place bands on the bird’s ankles so if we catch them again we can continue to collect data.