A Bird in the Hand is Worth…?
As has been the case for the past six years, winter is the time when MRBO staff travel around the state for bird-banding demonstrations. These public events, which we call “backyard banding”, are a chance for people of all ages to get to know their backyard birds personally. Almost of our banding demonstrations take place at nature centers and are open to the public. Recent venues have included the Burroughs Audubon Library in Blue Springs, the George Owens Nature Park in Independence, the Birds-I-View Store in Jefferson City and a Master Naturalist gathering in Rolla. Before winter ends, we will conduct more public events in Blue Springs and Springfield and for elementary school classes in Rolla and Gilliam. Though it can often be tricky to work with winter weather while ensuring the safety of each bird, the value of bird-banding as an education tool is extremely high. No matter a person’s age, when someone sees one of our common backyard birds up close, they become aware of their beauty, fragility and individual uniqueness. We are thankful to our Missouri birds for awakening hundreds of people each year to the natural beauty that’s right outside everyone’s door.