Migratory Bird Program

An employee holding a bird and inspecting it's tail feathers
Bird Biologist Lauren Walker examines the tail feathers of a red-naped sapsucker.

Did you know Yellowstone operates a bird banding station? Using specialty tools and techniques, birds are captured, studied, banded, and released. As employees like Lauren collect data over time, we can ultimately learn more about how breeding and migrating bird populations respond to changes in climate patterns, fire regimes, and predator/prey relationships. By participating in continent-wide banding programs like Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS), we can additionally put the patterns we see during the breeding season in a broader perspective and contribute to the information used to describe patterns in avian populations across North America.

"In total, we've banded 737 birds from 39 unique species. Some rare species include the American redstart, black and white warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, and spotted towhee. Being able to hold and study a bird up-close is truly a unique experience, even for seasoned birders." - Bird Biologist Lauren Walker

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