Carl Pascoe and Rachel Powless recently spoke as our November guest speakers. Carl is a Master Bander and NTARP’s Research Director, while Rachel is a Bird Bander and the President of NTARP (Native Territories Avian Research Project). Below are excerpts from their 2016 Spring Migration Banding report that was written and sent to the City of Sarnia Parks Department and Lambton Wildlife Inc.

Profound thanks to the City of Sarnia Parks Department, Lambton Wildlife Inc., especially Larry Cornelis for the opportunity to band birds at Canatara Park. Our success could not have been accomplished without the outpouring of Lambton Wildlife volunteers. Every day volunteers were at the ready from set-up to tear-down. Four-thirty in the morning comes early and the cold, wind and rain did not deter our group. It took very little time after our nets were down to become in sync. We very much appreciated both the inimitable assistance and comradery of our fellow birders.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Rachel and Carl, bird banders from Native Territories Avian Research Project, will discuss bird banding and how it is valuable in obtaining data which cannot be elicited by any other method. We will be presenting the banding results and what we learned about the birds and Canatara Park. In addition, we will talk about some of the incredible moments we had sharing this experience with those who attended. Special attention will be given to the wonderful volunteers who made this such a successful project. Possible future collaborative efforts with Canatara Park and LWI projects will be discussed. (more…)

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Jack Miner

Jack Miner (1865 – 1944)

Jack Miner, of Kingsville, Ontario, was one of the first to band birds in Canada in 1909. An American, Leon Cole, was reported banding birds a few years earlier. Records in Europe indicate bird banding activities dating back into the 1500’s. Miner was particularly interested in the migratory patterns of ducks and geese. The banding practise was activated in Canatara Park this May. No ducks or geese were banded!

 

Rachel Powless and Carl Pascoe are the bird banders and organizers of the bird banding in Canatara Park with the support of the City of Sarnia and Lambton Wildlife. (more…)