Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bird Banding - American Kestrel banded

Charlie Muise, a master bird bander in Georgia, explained this "artificially" converted habitat for grassland birds by burning an old hayfield. Due to numerous human factors, such as loss and abandment of grasslands, conversion of hayfields into annual agricultural produce, loss of tropic wintering habitates and deforestation, many grassland birds are reported losing their habitates throughout north America and Canada. Many organizations in the U.S., such as Audubon, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) under United States Department of Agriculture, US Fish and Wildlife and Partner in Flight have devoted their top priority to grassland bird habitat conservation.

In this clip, a female American Kestrel was caught in net during a bird banding field trip at Panola Mountain State Park banding site (Rockdale County, Georgia, U.S.A.) in November.

See full story of Bird Banding here. 
See other Clips on Wing's Spirit.

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