|Banding for educational
During educational programs at the Vancouver Avian Research Centre,
wild birds are mist-netted; identified to species, measured, and
banded under permit and according to procedures prescribed by the
federal Bird Banding Laboratory; held for short periods and released
unharmed. Data collected during these banding sessions is maintained
and becomes part of the Center’s permanent research database, and is
submitted for inclusion in the files of the federal Bird Banding
Laboratory in Ottawa.
banding programs, each "bird-in-the-hand“ is used as a teaching tool
to explain a variety of avian topics, including evolution,
adaptation, morphology, taxonomy, identification, migration, and
behaviour. Captured birds also help teach the public about bird
research techniques, what to do with a banded bird if found, and
various topics in plant and animal ecology and conservation.
The value of bird
banding as a research tool in avian ecology is well documented
issues of North American Bird Bander, Auk, Wilson Bulletin, etc.).
Anderson and Spreyer (1982) found that 210 of 303 banders (69%)
responding to a nationwide survey also used
banding as an education tool. Depending on the venue, an audience
may participate directly in
capture and release of wild birds.
Banding for educational purposes
generates data useful to
research, and additional benefits are derived from offering banding
opportunities to visitors. Through on-site education programs, bird
banding at the Vancouver Avian Research Centre:
interest in wild birds and nature Uses birds-in-the-hand as
tools to teach about avian morphology, evolution and behaviour.
demonstrate relationships between wild birds and plants,
particularly with regard to pollination and seed dispersal.
visitors about the value of bird banding as a research tool.
visitors on how to report the finding of banded birds to the
federal Bird Banding Lab.
visitors who are not yet interested in various aspects of
natural history but who are curious about birds.
opportunities to discuss aspects of the Center’s research
program that employs banding.
Adds to the
Center’s biological databases.
in handling wild birds and in the use of banding in educational
venues in association with SFU, UBC and BCIT study programs.
education interns in collection, preparation, analysis, and
submission of banding data.
visitation for the parks through banding workshops for organized
groups and other audiences.