"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.