Science & Nature
Introduction to Banding Live, Wild Birds, Ages 8-11
Learn how and why ornithologists band wild birds through a bird banding demonstration and discussion of avian research and conservation. When possible, the bird banding demonstration will include live, wild birds.(Zoology, Biology, Science)
Heather Gerth, M.S.
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Take a front-row seat shadowing a bird bander researching live, wild birds. Bird banders are ornithologists who put aluminum or colored bands on the legs of birds in order to keep track of individuals. Birds are then released, unharmed, back into the wild. This research technique has been used by scientists to understand questions about bird movement, lifespan, behavior, reproduction and physiological changes since the 1800’s. This class includes a live demonstration of bird banding using...
Heather is a published ecologist who has conducted field ecology research for more than a decade. She has done research in Costa Rica, Teton Mountain National Park, the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and in the Midwest. Her main research interests are birds and landscape ecology. Heather has been banding passerine and near-passerine birds under a USGS sub-permit for the last 6 years. Heather is also an environmental educator and naturalist with over 20 years of experience teaching students of all ages through nature centers, schools, and Girl Scouts.
2 files available upon enrollmentPlease print a copy of the datasheet handout provided in the welcome email. Optional - If you are interested in looking up the bird species we catch during class (Northern Minnesota bird feeder banding station) you may wish to have access to a physical copy of a field guide for North American birds and/or an electronic field guide (such as the Merlin Bird ID app available for free from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology).
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
40 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Heather Gerth, M.S.
Published Ecologist, Ornithologist, and Environmental Educator with Over 20 Years of Teaching Experience
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
71 total reviews
49 completed classes
I am passionate about ecology, birds, and getting students outside observing and studying the natural world! I am a scientist with 15+ years of experience in field ecology research and publications in peer-reviewed ecology journals. I've...