Join us for a tweet opportunity to get up close with our feathered friends! Bird Bander Ross Wood will be studying wild bird populations at Mountsberg Conservation Area this Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Learn how birds are safely captured using mist nets, help gather and record specific information about each bird, and take part in their release back to the wild. The information gathered through this important program helps scientists understand bird migration, population size, and behaviour as well as helping them to work to preserve endangered species. Approximately 6,000 banders are active in Canada and the U.S. and over a million bird band records are reported annually. Come out and learn more about this international project and be a part of the effort to preserve bird health.
For more bird fun take in on one of the park’s Bird of Prey shows (offered at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.) or hike to the Mountsberg reservoir to watch for migrating waterfowl. The Wildlife Walkway offers a gentle stroll to a viewing platform of the Mountsberg reservoir, a refuge for many species of waterfowl such as ducks, geese, swans, and cormorants as well as wading birds such as herons and bitterns. Mountsberg is a bird lover’s paradise.
The Bird Banding Day event is free with cost of park admission ($7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.25 for children 5 to 14 years of age, and free for children 4 years and under); Halton Parks members only need to show their pass for admission.
For more information on this event and all the other happenings at Conservation Halton Parks visit www.conservationhalton.ca/events; to find out about recreational programs and services, go to www.haltonparks.ca.