Teen camp: bird bonanza & headlamp soccer encore

Photo by Sarah Krueger

After a slow morning at the mist nets at Cash Prairie (elevation 6,000 feet), bird activity suddenly picked up and yielded the highest capture day of the season.   The Teen Banding Camp students practiced handling and banding 58 birds – including  over 30 juvenile Oregon Juncos and a female Williamson’s Sapsucker.

It was a long day, but everyone buzzed with excitement from a busy banding session.  After returning to camp for dinner, the action continued.  When we weren’t watching the sky for the Perseid Meteor Shower after dark, some students engaged in hardcore games of headlamp soccer, lighting up the field with meteorite showers of their own!

Photo by Dan Froehlich.

Photo by Dan Froehlich.

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