Fall Migration Bird Banding

Come meet Willistown’s most colorful inhabitants up close. During the fall migration, you can observe the bird banding process and learn about the many and varied species that stop over at Rushton Woods Preserve during their arduous migration. 

Please note the following:

  • Banding is weather dependent. Banding may be canceled at any time with limited or no notice due to any one or more of the following weather factors: rain before a banding date, rain on a banding date, high winds. 
  • The banding station is entirely outdoors and you may have to walk through wet grass or mud to reach the station, please dress appropriately.
  • Photography is permitted
  • Video is prohibited

If you are interested in bringing a group to observe banding, please contact Lisa Kiziuk, Director of the Bird Conservation Program (lkr@wctrust.org) to discuss arrangements.

Bird banding is an important and powerful scientific tool in bird conservation. Understanding our reasons for banding and being able to relate those reasons to the public, along with proper training and the maintenance of high scientific standards is necessary for the success of our banding/outreach program.

Rushton Woods Preserve (RWPR) lies within an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA), offering a great opportunity for banding and allowing us to study the seasonal and long term population patterns and species diversity of migratory and breeding birds. The RWPR banding project contributes to continent-wide monitoring efforts and exemplifies the benefits of low-impact land management practices on bird populations. 

Learn more about our banding program. 

Read field notes by Blake Goll (with photos) in our blog 

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Sep 29 2020 - Oct 05 2021


6:30 am - 10:30 am




Rushton Woods Preserve
Rushton Woods Preserve, 911 Delchester Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073, USA


Willistown Conservation Trust