Monitoring & Banding
"Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties..." — Izaak Walton
The Tennessee River Gorge Trust is conducting a long-term monitoring and banding program on Trust properties in the Tennessee River Gorge. The Trust Avian Field Technicians are conducting ongoing audiovisual surveys in conjunction with banding sessions. They will be working to update and standardize their methods of survey technique in order to better help the Trust understand population trends in the years to come. Knowing population numbers and the condition of the birds captured, the Trust can use this information to manage the forest to best serve our local breeding birds.
Would you like to visit the Bird Observatory or volunteer to help the bird researchers? Here are a few things to consider when Visiting the Bird Observatory.
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!