WCAS has set up a special donation button to raise funds to build more bird banding stations in Nicaragua through the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP). 100% percent of every donation goes directly to the stations to expedite critical data collection.
SUPPORT BIRD BANDING STATIONS IN CENTRAL AMERICA
By Nancy Howell
In conjunction with the Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC), Western Cuyahoga
Audubon has an opportunity to assist with monetary support of $500.00 of one or possibly more bird banding stations in Nicaragua through the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP).
IBP works with numerous bird banding stations in North America, but data is sorely lacking in areas where neo-tropical migrants spend their time in the winter, central and south America. Lauren Helton, IBP’s staff biologist, has been communicating with COAC and how funds from Ohio’s Audubon chapters would help. By combining the resources of several chapters, many or all of the banding stations could be supported. The administrative costs to operate this program is covered by other funding so 100% percent of any donations will go directly to the stations (IBP will even cover bank transfer fees, etc.).
Nicaragua is an incredibly biologically diverse country, where millions of migratory birds from the U.S. migrate through or spend the non-breeding season. In addition, the country has a remarkably robust community of bird banders that have been active in the Monitoring Overwinter Survival Initiative (MoSI) program since its inception. Besides bird banding, MoSI also spends time within the communities, providing employment for some and educating the communities on the importance of protecting habitat.
Some of the species that are banded at the stations in Nicaragua are: Wood and Swainson’s Thrushes, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Gray Catbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, as well as Worm-eating Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Chestnut-sided Warbler to name a few.
Even more exciting is the potential for a virtual program to talk with the banders since all of the potential sites to fund have Internet at the station or at home. In addition, each of the banding teams has someone who knows English or they have bilingual assistants that can help translate and are happy to meet online and talk about their birds and banding program. Watch for upcoming WCAS programs to learn more and get involved.
Please consider a donation to Western Cuyahoga Audubon to help support the banders and the research on the birds that travel to Nicaragua. Help us reach our goal of $500.00!
Let's build more bird banding stations in Nicaragua through the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP)! Make a donation at the button below:
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