Mad Island Banding

March 28, 2012 by Pete Marra

Every spring millions and millions of migratory birds fly non-stop across the Gulf of Mexico and make land fall at places like the TNC's Mad Island Preserve in Texas. Thanks to support from SCBI champion Helen DuBois and the Trull Foundation, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) is there to greet these tired travelers back to the United States. A collaborative effort, SMBC along with TNC and the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory plan to combine a rigorous bird banding effort along with a educational activities for local Texas school groups to excite the masses about migratory birds and their migration. Please check in with us regularly from now until mid-May to see how this amazing animal migration is faring.

Bea Harrison, the lead bander, writes:

"Pretty slow today though we did catch 2 male Orchard Orioles (beautiful!), a red-eyed vireo and 2 hooded warblers. We have been catching quite a few swamp sparrows. The north wind that was predicted did not come. We had a strong on-shore breeze all day.

Having fun and preparing for our future onslaught of migrants. More news later."

Orchard Oriole © Gerhard Hofmann