You might be lucky enough to have a bird banding station nearby that you can visit.  These stations might be at a state or national park or other protected area, like you can find in Colorado at  Stations that are open to the public may advertise “banding demonstrations,” which provide a unique opportunity to see birds up close.  You can also learn about how birds are banded, and why – what important information is gained in the process to help us understand and help birds.  There might even be an opportunity to release a bird, once the scientists have taken and recorded all the data.  There is nothing more compelling than feeling a bird’s beating heart in your hand to make you appreciate our avian friends!


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