Raptor Banding Report January 25, 2014

By Ben Vang-Johnson, Lead Researcher

Today we went banding.  The day started pretty foggy.  Sometimes it was difficult to see even the nearby tree tops.  We deployed traps near a few different red-tailed hawks over the first few hours.  All the hawks seemed to be in great position to be trapped, but none even . . . → Read More: Raptor Banding Report January 25, 2014

Snowy Owl Facts and Precautions

Phone interview with Paul Bannick, 11/17/2011, by Christine Southwick Editor’s Note: View Paul Bannick’s photo “Snowy Owl Singing in Fog” here Today I talked to Paul Bannick, Author and Photographer of The Owl and The Woodpecker. With the reports of sighting along the Washington coast, this year appears to be an irruptive year for the . . . → Read More: Snowy Owl Facts and Precautions

Papua New Guinea mist-netting

(By PSBO Board Member Suzanne Tomassi – Updated October 15, 2011)

This spring I was able to assist Bruce Beehler, Vice President of the Indonesia-Pacific Islands research program of Conservation International, on a climate change study that’s taking place in Papua New Guinea’s YUS Conservation Area.  The study is looking at a number of taxa, . . . → Read More: Papua New Guinea mist-netting

More Photos!

Okay, how about some bird pictures?

This Ruby-crowned Kinglet is one of the few adult birds we're catching this year. It looks so ratty because it is in mid-molt.

Adult Yellow Warbler with a mosquito as a small snack after banding. The growing flight feathers shown in the picture represent rapid molt. . . . → Read More: More Photos!

Adult Banding Camp 2011 Off and Running

PSBO’s bander training program, the Cascades Banding Camp is in its eighth summer. We offer a six night course for adults and a five night course for teens. This year’s adult camp, full to capacity, began today with twelve adults from across the United States convening at McDaniel Lake to begin a six day . . . → Read More: Adult Banding Camp 2011 Off and Running

2011 Maps Season

MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) is a cooperative program across North America that collects long-term data on population and demographics of numerous breeding bird species. PSBO’s 2011 MAPS banding program has been a great success. We ran two banding stations, one at Morse Preserve and the other on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. We banded . . . → Read More: 2011 Maps Season

Hawk Migration Banding – Sept. 11-12

Written by PSBO Board Member and Apprentice, Ben Vang-Johnson:

Hatch Year Male Peregrine Falcon. Photo by Ben Vang-Johnson

I spent another weekend at HawkWatch International’s Chelan Ridge site in the Okanogan National Forest. This weekend the migration picked-up, and we banded a lot of birds, mostly sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper’s hawks, and red-tailed hawks. . . . → Read More: Hawk Migration Banding – Sept. 11-12

Hawk Migration Banding – Sept. 5-6

Written by PSBO Board Member and Apprentice, Ben Vang-Johnson:

Adult Male Northern Harrier. Photo by Ben Vang-Johnson.

I was fortunate enough to visit HawkWatch International’s raptor migration project near Lake Chelan, WA, in the Okanogan National Forest. Having previously worked as an official crew member for some of HawkWatch’s raptor migration projects, I . . . → Read More: Hawk Migration Banding – Sept. 5-6

Meadows Banding Blitz August 17-18

Rimrock Burn. Photo by Dan Froehlich.

PSBO’s banding blitz at the end of the 2010 season rounded out our mountain banding season with some unexpected excitement. On Tuesday evening we took a trip to banding sites we’ve used near Rimrock Lake in past years before fires prevented us from accessing the area in . . . → Read More: Meadows Banding Blitz August 17-18