** There will be no Wings Festival in 2018 **

Hummingbird Banding

Don't miss an opportunity to contribute to important scientific data collection, receive some hands-on education about hummingbirds, and maybe even hold one in your hand!!

Hummingbird Banding - $15   Requires registration.

Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29

Two sessions held each day: 9:00am - 11:30am or 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Shuttles will depart from the Pioneer Pavilion on Friday and Saturday at 9:00am and 1:00pm to transport participants to the banding site and back. The transport time is approximately 45 minutes each way, and participants will visit the banding site for approximately 1 hour. Shuttles will return to the Pioneer Pavilion at 11:30am and 3:30pm respectively. Registrants may choose either the morning or afternoon session.

What is Hummingbird Banding?
Hummingbird in HandYou are invited to join us for a hummingbird banding demonstration at the Dendy Ranch, owned by Bill and Fran Dendy, in western Gillespie Country. The Dendys are annual hosts to thousands of hummingbirds every spring and summer.

Licensed banding Leaders, Robert and Kay Lookingbills, will discuss the natural history of the hummingbirds and what has been learned from banding projects. Participants will observe capture, banding measurement, and release of the hummingbirds. The demonstration allows for close-up observation and photography opportunities.

Birds are generally captured for banding in either very fine nylon nets known as "mist nets" or hand-operated traps with feeders inside. Captured birds are weighed and measured and their species, sex, and age are recorded. Each is fitted with an aluminum leg band with a unique number provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and released unharmed. If the bird is captured again, the band provides the link to retrieve its history, providing important information on the routes used by migrating birds, their longevity, and general physical condition




Robert and Kay Lookingbill, who hold master bird banding permits, are Research Associates for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory in Lake Jackson, Texas. The Lookingbills have managed a variety of bird banding projects for over a decade, banding songbirds, hummingbirds, raptors, owls and pelicans. They also volunteer their banding experience for a number of other organizations and facilities in Texas.

Robert and Kay Lookingbill

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