Chickadee on Redbud


Spring’s arrival is a wonderful time of year for many reasons – not the least of which, of course, is the sound of migrating birds returning as a part of our daily experience.  We hope you are enjoying this part of spring as much as we are here at KNC’s Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory (KVBO).

As a new season of research gets underway, we are excited to invite your support of the KVBO through the Southwest Michigan Team Birdathon.  This 30th annual event will again include the KVBO’s own “Catbirders” team: John Brenneman, Brenda Keith, Rich Keith, and new this year, Todd Alfes. Together, the team will embark on a day-long trip to Berrien County on Saturday, May 19.  During the 2018 Birdathon, the “Catbirders” anticipate identifying over 130 bird species.  You can support KNC and the KVBO’s 2018 research season by pledging to the team’s Birdathon effort. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!  Each donation supports the supplies, equipment, facilities, and staff that are critical to building on the KVBO’s 40 + year history as one of the largest inland bird banding stations in the United States.

Over time, the KVBO has contributed significantly to avian research at a national and international level through multiple collaborations. One current example of this is the KVBO involvedment with Motus Wildlife Tracking System. According to the Motus website, the Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an international collaborative research network that uses a coordinated automated radio telemetry array to track the movement and behaviour of small flying organisms, including birds, bats, and large insects. The animals are affixed with digitally-encoded radio transmitters that broadcast signals several times each minute. When results from many stations are combined, the array can track animals across a diversity of landscapes covering thousands of kilometers.  Learn more about Motus here.

Thank you for supporting the important research conducted at KNC’s Kalamazoo Valley Bird observatory.  We look forward to sharing the Birdathon 2018 results with you in June!