Migration Research - General Information


Avid birdwatchers and bird banders Jay Barry and Lauren Kras have organized a project to better understand bird migration along the NH Seacoast.  By banding birds at key migration points from late April - June and August - October, Jay and Lauren hope to uncover migration patterns specific to the area that will help inform conservation efforts throughout the region.  Jay and Lauren hope to compare their results with nearby banding stations like the station on Appledore Island (AIMS - Appledore Island Migration Station) and to also compare their results to historic banding data along the NH Seacoast

When Are You Banding Birds?
We currently are looking for a new site to conduct our research. Once we have secured a site we will post our calendar and ask for volunteers.

What are you studying?
The goals include:
1. Compare historic bird data to current data at Odiorne Point and other migration stopvers
2. Better understand bird migration
3. Compare migration data to other regional banding sites in the Seacoast region
4. Educate the public on birds, migration, and banding

What is bird banding and how can I do it?
Bird Banding is a scientific research tool used to better understand bird migration, breeding, habitat usage, and survivorship. It involves temporarily catching birds, collecting a few measurements, placing a uniquely numbered band on the bird's leg (that weighs almost nothing!), and releasing the birds. Birds are not harmed during the process and experience only minor temporary restraint.

Banding can only occur under federally issued permits.  There are also state permits in some states including New Hampshire.  All our banders have federal and state permits.  Birds are handled by trained personnel and are not harmed in the process.  

There are many ways to learn how to band birds - the best way is to volunteer at a station - we are always looking for new volunteers of all ages! For info on how to learn about these opportunities contact nhbirdbanding@gmail.com 

What is that bird?
The bird to the left is a Black-throated Blue Warbler. They breed in NH but have experienced some declines due to loss of their ideal habitat. This bird pictured is a male and is a great example of the type of bird we band and are studying!

Where do you get the funding?
Currently all of our funding is through private donations.
No one at the seacoast chapter including our banding volunteers make any money doing our work, but the equipment can be quite pricey! 

We also have a long list of needed items that you may have laying around your house that can be found on our volunteer info page - check it out and see if you can help us!

For more information on how to donate your time or to contribute financially, please contact nhbirdbanding@gmail.com.

Check out some banding photos