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Monitoring the Fall Bird Migration

September 24, 2009
A Northern Parula, banded by a team of researchers in Keene, NH during the fall migration. (photo © Byard Miller)

A Northern Parula, banded by a team of researchers in Keene, NH during the fall migration.
(photo © Byard Miller)

AVEO is pleased to once again be monitoring migratory birds as they make their way through the Ashuelot Valley this autumn.

For the third year in a row, we’re working with Dr. Jon Atwood and graduate students from Antioch University New England (AUNE) to operate a fall songbird banding station at the Keene State College Wildlife Management Area. The objectives of the study are twofold: in addition to offering a unique educational experience for students and volunteers, banding records may also provide insight into the ways in which songbirds utilize powerline corridors as they head south to wintering grounds.

This fall, AVEO will also partner with AUNE graduate student Chris Volonte on her study of Northern Saw-whet Owl migration. Using a playback technique, Chris and volunteers lure owls into nets at four sites located throughout Cheshire County. Last year, Chris banded more than 150 owls in what was the first documentation of Saw-whet Owl migration through southwest New Hampshire!