Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory
The Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory (KVBO) has been using bird banding as a tool to help better understand migration patterns, longevity, dispersal, and stopover of both breeding and migrating birds at our two locations, the Kalamazoo Nature Center and Pitsfield Station, for over thirty years.
Why Band Birds?
Banding birds allows researchers to track and monitor migration patterns as wells as population changes. In addition, birds are indicator species- they make ideal research subjects for looking at changes in the environment, such as changing climate. We work with and share this data with a multitude of different banding programs and institutions, tracking individual birds from state-to-state and even internationally.
Banding is done by meticulously trained and certified bird banders. Banding involves recording data such as weight, wing length, age, and sex. A small, light weight, band with a 9-digit code is then placed on the bird’s leg. Many studies show that the bird is not negatively effected in anyway by the band. Processing a bird takes less than one minute. The bird’s well being and stress reduction are top priority. If the bird is recaptured, we can gain valuable knowledge about how the bird traveled.