Coasts

Bird Banding: A Valuable Conservation Tool

Partners work together for successful banding project in the Town of Hempstead, Long Island.

On July 13th, our Long Island Bird Conservation Program Manager Amanda Pachomski, Shorebird Seasonal Technician Kathryn Burke, and 2016 Rachel Carson Field Technician Seren Bagcilar, joined the Town of Hempstead and NYC Audubon for a banding project on Long Islands beaches. Bird banding helps us monitor the status of priority species populations from year-to-year and on this day, we banded 10 American Oystercatcher chicks and 3 Common Tern chicks. It was a great success and we hope you enjoy our photos, below.

The American Oystercatchers were marked with standard metal bands plus matching field-readable orange bands on their upper legs. For the Common Terns, we used standard metal bands plus black color bands with white writing.  Keep an eye out for these banded birds next spring and be sure to report them if you see them.

Thanks to our partners, the Town of Hempstead and NYC Audubon for leading another successful day of bird conservation on the shores of Long Island.

Audubon New York Staff, Long Island Banding Project Photo: Audubon New York
Audubon New York Banding Project, Long Island Photo: Audubon New York
American Oystercatcher chick, Long Island Banding Project Photo: Audubon New York
Audubon New York Banding Project, Long Island Photo: Audubon New York
Piping Plover chick, Town of Hempstead, Long Island Photo: Audubon New York
Long Island, New York Photo: Audubon New York
Bird Banding Project, Long Island Photo: Audubon New York
Bird Banding Project, Long Island Photo: Audubon New York
Bird Banding Project, Long Island Photo: Audubon New York
Common Tern, Long Island Photo: Audubon New York
American Oystercatcher with chick, Long Island Photo: Audubon New York
Long Island Photo: Audubon New York

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