The Birds are Back!
On May 11, the BLM Cedar City Field Office partnered with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Zion National Park, Southern Utah University, and an array of other organizations to host the International Migratory Bird Day Festival. Over three hundred people attended this annual event, which marks the return of migratory birds to Southern Utah with informational booths, activities and exhibits.
Special this year, organizers prepared an interactive bird banding demonstration illustrating the process of tagging birds for identification. Youth and adults alike gathered around the biologists, catching up-close glimpses of birds as they were identified, measured and banded with a metal ring.
A biologist demonstrating the bird banding, Keith Day, said “The birds naturally adjust to the bands placed on them, similar to how a person adjusts to a ring around their finger. The process doesn’t harm the birds and the information collected is vital to track the birds’ progress.”
The International Migratory Bird Day was a “flying” success with organizers and participants looking forward to the Festival next year!
Story: Iris Picat; Photo and Captions: Yanavey McCloskey