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Fall 2019 Migration Bird Banding Workshops

The Network’s next bird banding workshops have been scheduled for fall of 2019 and will occur at the following locations: 
  • USFWS Regional Office (classroom session) and Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (field session) in Bloomington, Minnesota on September 6-8, 2019.
  • Tyson Research Center, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri on October 4-6, 2019.

An additional workshop in 2019 is being considered for the Lake Superior region.

All workshops will be led by Mark Shieldcastle of Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

Registration is free! Thank you to the USFWS Region 3 Migratory Bird Office for funding this workshop.

Why should you participate in a coordinated banding program during the migratory periods?

  1. Make your banding data more useful to scientists. Data collected in a consistent manner across regions allows scientists to ask big picture questions such as looking at annual changes in adult recruitment into populations of declining species.
  2. Work together with other banding stations and scientists to address important large-scale bird research and conservation issues.
  3. Receive technical support to address your local research questions.
  4. Help agencies and organizations make better conservation decisions based on new science-based information.

Already operating a migration banding station? 

  • You don’t need to stop doing anything you’ve done in the past. All we ask is that you add just a few new things to your routine.
  • Start your involvement in the Midwest Migration Network by participating in this or a future training workshop to learn what your station can do to participate.

What will the free workshop cover?

  • Classroom and outdoor sessions.
  • Learn new and updated methods and protocols.
  • Learn how to register your banding station.
  • Learn what to do with the data you collect. Band data will continue to go to the Bird Bandling Lab. Other data collected will be submitted to the Midwest Avian Data Center starting later this year.

To register, send an email to Mark Shieldcastle (), and copy Bill Mueller ().

More information, including registration forms, protocol, and agenda, will be sent to all inquiring.

Spring 2019 Migration Bird Banding Workshops

The Midwest Migration Network is pleased to launch the Landbird Migration Banding Initiative!
The Network’s next bander workshops have been scheduled for March and April and will occur at the following locations: 

Additional fall 2019 workshops are being considered for other parts of the Midwest.

All workshops will be led by Mark Shieldcastle of Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

Registration is free! Thank you to the USFWS Region 3 Migratory Bird Office for funding this workshop.

Why should you participate in a coordinated banding program during the migratory periods?

  1. Make your banding data more useful to scientists. Data collected in a consistent manner across regions allows scientists to ask big picture questions such as looking at annual changes in adult recruitment into populations of declining species.
  2. Work together with other banding stations and scientists to address important large-scale bird research and conservation issues.
  3. Receive technical support to address your local research questions.
  4. Help agencies and organizations make better conservation decisions based on new science-based information.

Already operating a migration banding station? 

  • You don’t need to stop doing anything you’ve done in the past. All we ask is that you add just a few new things to your routine.
  • Start your involvement in the Midwest Migration Network by participating in this or a future training workshop to learn what your station can do to participate.

What will the free workshop cover?

  • Classroom and outdoor sessions.
  • Learn new and updated methods and protocols.
  • Learn how to register your banding station.
  • Learn what to do with the data you collect. Band data will continue to go to the Bird Bandling Lab. Other data collected will be submitted to the Midwest Avian Data Center starting later this year.

To register, send an email to Mark Shieldcastle (), and copy Bill Mueller ().

More information, including registration forms, protocol, and agenda, will be sent to all inquiring.

MMN New Website Launch!

Image by Laurie Johnson

Welcome to the new home for the Midwest Migration Network! 

What is the Midwest Migration Network (MMN)? The MMN facilitates regionally-coordinated avian migration monitoring and research to address information gaps in the Midwest. Although focused primarily on landbirds, the Network welcomes anyone interested in advancing the study of the migratory ecology of birds and other animals in the Midwest.

We are excited to have you here. Be sure to check out what our Network has been up to by reading About the Midwest Migration Network and perusing Our Projects. If you are already a member, thanks for being a part of the Network. If not, you can learn more about joining the Network on our Membership page.

Finally, don't forget to check out our Resource Library for documents and links relevant to our Network. You can also help power our Network by making a Donation today!

Thanks again for visiting and we hope you return soon for more updates from the Network! Remember, it's free to join the Midwest Migration Network. With your membership you will be receive MMN updates directly to your email inbox.

MMN Bird Banding Workshop 10/16-18

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CALLING ALL BIRD BANDERS IN THE MIDWEST!

The Midwest Migration Network is pleased to launch the Landbird Migration Banding Initiative!


The Network’s first bander workshop will occur at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve on October 16-18, 2018.

We expect four other workshops this fall of 2018, and in spring of 2019 to be held in other parts of the Midwest. All workshops will be led by Mark Shieldcastle of Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

Why should you participate in a coordinated banding program during the migratory periods?

  1. Make your banding data more useful to scientists. Data collected in a consistent manner across regions allows scientists to ask big picture questions such as looking at annual changes in adult recruitment into populations of declining species.
  2. Work together with other banding stations and scientists to address important large-scale bird research and conservation issues.
  3. Receive technical support to address your local research questions.
  4. Help agencies and organizations make better conservation decisions based on new science-based information.

How to participate?

(c) Stephanie Beilke

  1. You don’t need to stop doing anything you’ve done in the past. All we ask is that you add some new things to your routine. You likely won’t need to add much.
  2. Become involved by participating in this or a future training workshop to learn what your station can do to participate.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Classroom and outdoor sessions.
  • Learn new and updated methods and protocols.
  • Learn how to register your banding station.
  • Learn what to do with the data you collect. Band data will continue to go to the Bird Bandling Lab. Other data collected will be submitted to the Midwest Avian Data Center starting later this year.

To register, send an email to Mark Shieldcastle, and copy Bill Mueller

More information, including the new protocol and agenda, will be forthcoming in early September 2018.

Cheers,

The Midwest Migration Network Banding and Ground Surveys Research Initiative Team