Bird Banding in the Canadian Prairies

P5091390-300x225Steve Clegg: Out and About

Our Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, Steve Clegg, recently went on vacation. Not to Mexico, nor to Vegas, instead Steve traveled to the center of the Canadian Prairies to trudge through “gumbo”, wade through swamps, and climb sketchy dead trees,  all while living out of the back of a car for a week. Why, you may ask? To band Great Horned Owls of course.

Bird banding is an important tool used in the scientific study and monitoring of wild birds. A uniquely numbered metal band placed around the leg of an owl allows is to be tracked throughout its life time. This also helps to monitor owl populations, determine common causes of death, and assess the effects of environmental contaminants. Continue reading