For anyone looking to get up close and personal with our native feathered friends, look no further than visiting our Rock Creek Confluence Property this summer! We are excited about our growing partnership with the University of Montana at the Confluence Property, which has resulted in the placement of a UM Bird Ecology Lab bird banding station there.
Each year, the UM Bird Ecology Lab sets up several stations in different valleys surrounding Missoula. Using a mist net and gentle hands, the researchers capture and then weigh, measure and band each specimen. This data is invaluable for tracking bird health and population trends, especially this time of year when baby birds are fledging. And the best part about this unique, hands-on research is that it's open to the public!
Members of the public of all ages are invited to research station days throughout the summer. At our Rock Creek Confluence Property, you can join in on the fun the following days:
Meet out at our Confluence Property at either 7am or 9am any of the scheduled days. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear and participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sunscreen and bug repellant. For more information, contact Five Valleys or Michael Krzywicki with the UM Bird Ecology Lab at firstname.lastname@example.org.