Band a Visitor
What: Teach people about the bird banding process by banding your visitors.
Materials Needed: 1 volleyball or badminton net. 1 bathroom scale. 1 measuring tape or meter stick. Wrist bands.
Set up: Prepare the bird bands (from paper or other materials) by numbering each one with a unique number. Design a data sheet that includes Species. Each person's name may represent the genus (first name) and species (last name). Also include sex (male or female), age, wingspan (length of the arm), and weight (optional, especially if you are including adults).
How it Works: Have each participant approach the net. A bander goes to the net to collect the "bird." The bander then takes the participant to the banding "station," bands each participant, and collects the data, recording all of the information on the datasheet. This activity provides many opportunities to discuss how birds are captured using nets, the banding process, and the importance of the data. You can add additional stations throughout the event and "recapture" participants. You could also draw the banding ID numbers for door prizes.
After the event: tally the data collected and create a report with banding totals, statistics of who was banded, peak banding hours and whatever else you think might be interesting to report.