Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory
The Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory (KVBO) has been using bird banding as a tool to help better understand migration patterns, longevity, dispersal, and stopover of both breeding and migrating birds at our two locations, the Kalamazoo Nature Center and Pitsfield, for over thirty years.
Banding is done by meticulously trained and certified bird banders. Banding involves recording data such as weight, wing length, age, and gender. Then a small, light weight, band with a 9-digit code is placed on the bird’s leg. Many studies show that the bird is not negatively effected in anyway by the band. Processing a bird takes less than a minute. The bird’s well being and stress reduction are top priority. If the bird is recaptured, we can gain valuable knowledge about how the bird traveled.
A banding data sheet Some tools of the trade
Check out the youtube video of KVBO director Rich Keith banding a belted kingfisher at Fort Custer Training Center.
Tracking the Long Journey
Kalamazoo Nature Center • 7000 North Westnedge Avenue • Kalamazoo, MI 49009
PHONE (269) 381-1574 • FAX (269) 381-2557
VP of Conservation Stewardship
(269) 381-1574 ext. 17