ECOC Joppa Flats Bird Research
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
October 10, 2009
Dear Club Members,
An enthusiastic group of non-members participated in the ECOC outing to the
bird banding station on Plum Island on Saturday, October 10th. It was a
pleasant morning with little wind and clear skies. The skilled, banding crew
and station manager from the Joppa Flats Education Center were welcoming.
There were plenty of birds on each net run and in the bags for us to observe
sexing birds, taking wing cord measurements and to appreciate the weights of
these migrants. Participants learned bird anatomy and observed the
scientific methods for data collection. This visit afforded the group the
opportunity to observe physical adaptations of birds up close and the
patience required to extract birds from mist nets. We learned about
migration strategies and geography.