Mist nets are an integral tool for capturing birds from almost every taxa including hummingbirds, passerines, raptors, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Whether delicate or robust, nets strung across the landscape afford researchers the opportunity to conduct investigations that can only be done in the hand. But . . . working with mist nets isn’t the only net work that we do.
Networks of researchers collaborate to collect data and draw conclusions that far surpass the scope of a single bander working in isolation. Programs like MAPS, the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, Project Owlnet, and the Saltmarsh Habitat & Avian Research Program all use the power of a network to track trends even across the hemisphere, and the insights they reveal can be staggering.
Networks of banders connected through organizations like the Eastern Bird Banding Association and the North American Banding Council unite, support and educate both novice and experienced practitioners, leading to an ever more competent, ethical, and safe pool of researchers.
Social and business networks connect bird observatories to the broader community, enabling banders to bring their knowledge and love of all things avian to the general public. Whether we’re watching a wide grin crack the face of a child “helping” to release a bird, or marveling that a facebook post about a foreign recapture is “liked” several thousand times, we hope that we’re changing the way the rest of the world views birds.
Join us for the 96th meeting of the Eastern Bird Banding Association, as our network meets on the south shore of Lake Ontario in Rochester, NY on April 12-14, 2019 for a program filled with workshops, demonstrations, papers, field trips, and – of course – our famous bucket raffle. We hope to see you there!