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Purple Martin Banding

A nice peaceful day on Sherwood Island for our Purple Martins, several of whom have flying insects in their mouths, ready to feed their babies nestled in our very special bird houses–er, gourds.

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A slight disruption, however, as Tina Green brings one of the Gourd structures down to earth.


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Tina expertly supervises the extraction and categorizing of the baby chicks.







The chicks are put into special buckets, which are labeled with their nest numbers, and brought up to the Nature Center to be (painlessly) banded, registered and weighed–all in the name of science and conservation.

You can see Darcy Sledge’s incredible videos here:   Birds get banded     Birds get catalogued    Birds get weighed



















After all the work is done–it takes a long time!–everyone gathered for snacks and roll-ups from Roly Poly.






AND THANKS! To our wonderful DEEP wildlife biologists Laurie Fortin and Brian Hess–and their volunteers.

Not to mention THANKS to Tina and our Nature Center Interns.

And a special thanks also to Milan Bull, Senior Director of Science and Conservation at CT Audubon Society, for helping our dream of bringing Purple Martins to Sherwood Island to become reality. In fact, we have a big event coming up next Sunday, July 14 featuring a slide show presentation on Purple Martins by Miley:


Purple Martins Presentation with Milan Bull