"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." — John Muir
The Tennessee River Gorge Trust’s Bird Observatory was established in 2014 to serve as the hub for all Trust bird monitoring and banding operations in the Tennessee River Gorge. Our objectives are to operate a streamline banding station in accordance with the most current North American Banding Council standards and guidelines. We will pursue meaningful research projects focusing on our local birds and their relation to the overall health of the forests and streams within the Tennessee River Gorge. We will also engage and educate our community about the need for this work and the value of its application. With these actions, we hope to uncover trends that will better inform our forestry management decisions, enabling us to preserve the Gorge for generations to come.
Current Bird Research
Southeast Conservation Corps has been camping out at the Bird Observatory this week cutting trails to aid in bird-banding operations!
The Trust bird lab has its very own logo! Designed by our Cerulean Warbler Researcher Holland Youngman, the logo features a Scarlet Tanager, a common nester in the Tennessee River Gorge. We'll be getting official Bird Observatory shirts with corresponding logo for all of our researchers!
Yesterday, the Trust purchased a radio telemetry receiver for use in our Cerulean Warbler 2-Year Survey with a grant from the Tennessee Ornithological Society.
This season, researcher Holland Youngman will be using radio telemetry to track the foraging habits of Cerulean Warblers in the Gorge.
Yesterday, a crew of 15 met at Velo Coffee Roaster's parking lot to carpool to the Trust's new bird lab. We parked, hiked in, and Velo's John Fentress made coffee for the group while bird-banders Lizzie Goodrick and John Diener educated the group on all aspects of bird-banding. We caught some great birds!
We got local photographer Kevin Livingood out to the bird-banding lab to take photos. Here are the beautiful shots he came up with!
The Trust partnered with Olive Bean Natural Grocery & Cafe to host a dinner in celebration of the bird research the Trust has recently conducted. April, owner of Olive Bean, served Colombian black beans & rice with spiced briscuit, sweet fried plantains, and pineapple polenta cake. We had a great turnout, as you can see. We plan to have more collaborative events in the future, so stay tuned to our event page!