Description:Explore different stretches of the stream with our watershed specialists while learning about the basics of stream ecology. We will get up close with macroinvertebrates that call the stream bed home and get a chance to wander our bucolic grassland preserve. Wear shoes that can go in the water!
Note new date due to storms – Now July 25. Visit several private wildflower meadows in Willistown during the height of their florescence and learn about the importance of native wildflowers and minimizing our typical mowing regimes. Advance registration is required and space is limited to 25 people.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
Final pickup for CSA members. Watch the Wild Carrot for details.
Bring a friend to the Rushton Woods Preserve Bird Banding station anytime between the operating hours of 6:00 am and 10:30am to observe the inspiring science of bird banding, meet field biologists, and see beautiful migrant birds up close.