April Banding EventsDuring the month of April, the attention of many bird banding researchers turn to the migration of birds returning to their summer breeding grounds. April is also a wonderful month to share our research and banding techniques with a wide range people. At the Hummer House and other locations across west Texas, we are often able to accomplish both tasks at the same time. We were able to provide banding demonstrations for about 300 students and 100 adults during the month at three different locations across the area while we continued our research. From a research perspective, it became evident that the extended drought across the region has had devastating results for both permanent resident birds as well as the many migrant species that travel across the region.
Wall High School Garden Club
Christoval Christian Home School Group
We were able to schedule banding demonstrations at the Hummer House for forty students from Wall High School Garden Club, the Christian Home School Association, Ambleside School and Eldorado Elementary School. The highlight of our month was a trip to San Saba, where we conducted a banding demonstration for students from San Saba, Cherokee, Lampasas and the San Saba Christian Home School Educators group. This event was sponsored by the San Saba Birding and Nature Club at the San Saba Nature Park. This park is a 40 acre park built by the Lower Colorado River Authority and opened in November 2011. It has a mile and half of wide concrete trails meandering through the park beside the river and creek. Volunteers from the birding club went above the call of duty to make this an outstanding experience for all concerned. Students rotated to the bird banding station, a bird feeder making station and a journaling station.
San Saba Nature Park
Eldorado 4th Grade
Ambleside 4th Grade
Between all of the events described above, we were able to assist Kelly Bryan of Ft. Davis as he provided hummingbird banding training for banders from south and east Texas and hosted three separate adult groups in banding demonstrations. While we have managed to have sufficient numbers of birds for all these events, we are banding about 30 percent of the birds banded at this time last year.
Hummer House Special Event