You can help The Nature Institute and an ornithologist with the Prairie Institute at the University of Illinois with a bird banding project Saturday from 7am-noon at The Nature Institute. Bird banding is a way of tracking a number of the migrant songbirds as they fly through our area and on to their next destination. It helps scientists learn more about their migratory patterns and what that means from an environmental and ecological standpoint.
The birds are captured in a fine netting and brought down to be banded. TNI's Education Director Patti Brown says it is a process that does not injure the birds.
After banding, the birds are released back into the wild. This event will be held, rain or shine, on the scenic overlook on the grounds of the Olin Nature Preserve in Godfrey. Participants ages 10 and up are invited to stop out anytime that morning. It will be held under the direction of Dr. David Enstrom, an ornithologist with the Prairie Institute at the University of Illinois. For more information, contact TNI at 466-9930.