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After being banded, birds are still welcome


Elba, Minn. (KTTC) -- A group at Whitewater State Park got together to band some birds.  Volunteer Naturalist Greg Munson was the head the outdoor classroom.

"It just doesn't seem like an area like this should be able to support hundreds and hundreds of gold finches," said Munson.  "But last year we banded 550."  Near the bird feeders hung a net, blowing in the breeze until a bird makes a blunder.

One after another, birds were unable to escape the strands of netting. Once captured a serial number is latched on to their ankle.  Some birds that were caught have been already been banded, in which case they're logged and let go.

Munson has banded more than 25,000 birds throughout the years and sprinkled in his experiences with the group of learners. "The average life span of song birds, the things you feed at your feeders like these gold finches, woodpeckers, cardinals and so on is nine months," Munson explained.

Bird bandings at Whitewater take place every Sunday until September and every Thursday until Labor Day.


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