Audubon to present ‘Tracking Shorebirds Through Banding’
The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will host Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Coastal Wildlife Manager Audrey Albrecht for a presentation, “Tracking Shorebirds Through Banding,” on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Featuring individual stories of some local resident and migratory shorebirds, it will cover the history and origin of bird banding, the methods of trapping and marking shorebirds, and the data gained. Learn how to help contribute to the research as a citizen scientist by re-sighting and reporting banded birds.
Humans have been banding birds since as early as the 16th Century. The ability to individually identify birds gives a greater understanding of their life histories, and helps with making educated decisions to protect and manage wildlife.
Originally from Connecticut, Albrecht graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor or Science in wildlife conservation biology and management. She has worked all over the country with a variety of species, but the majority of her career has focused on shorebirds. From 2010-2016, Albrecht worked with the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program and the U.S. Geological Survey monitoring and banding piping plovers and least terns on the Missouri River in South Dakota and North Dakota.
This is the third of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lecture to be held this season. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and parking is available at The Community House, as well as at BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.
A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated, with the proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.
For information, call Bill Jacobson at 239-395-1878 or visit www.san-capaudubon.org.