Carnegie Museum of Natural History's
Powdermill Avian Research Center
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Bird Banding, Bioacoustical Research, Flight Tunnel Analysis,
Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC) is part of Carnegie Museum of
Natural History’s biological research station Powdermill Nature Reserve.
PARC operates a bird banding station, conducts bioacoustical research, and
performs flight tunnel analysis with the goal of reducing window collisions.
Visit our Bird Banding page to
learn more about these and additional avian
research efforts underway at PARC. Above all else, the well being
of every bird is our top priority at all times!
Our Banding Summaries page presents
up-to-date bird banding summaries utilizing a dynamic, database driven
system which is the first of its kind in the field. Researchers
interested in fuller access to banding data should
Contact PARC for more information.
Located in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the PARC
facility and its 10-hectares of fields, hedgerows, ponds, wetlands, and
streams offer a unique opportunity for research partnerships. Graduate
students and field researchers find exciting opportunities at PARC in a
variety of areas related to our woodland setting. Additionally,
volunteers and interns have the opportunity to enhance their skills and
knowledge of avian research by committing to a summer of assisting in PARC’s
bird banding efforts.
more than 50 years experience, and having surpassed a milestone of 500,000
birds banded in 2001, PARC is uniquely situated to capitalize on its bird
capture techniques. Birds studied through our banding program may also
be utilized for bioacoustical, window avoidance, telemetry studies and more,
all while handling these species in a gentle and humane manner. In
this way PARC contributes both to our knowledge of migrating species and to
their enhanced survival as well.
History of PARC page for more
Powdermill Nature Reserve
Located in Rector, Westmoreland County Powdermill was established in 1956
and is Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s biological research station and
nature education center. Powdermill sustains and protects a variety of
natural habitats where researchers and educators study ecological processes.
It is also home to one of the longest continually running avian research
stations in the United States. Visitors of all ages come to gain a greater
knowledge about the natural world through innovative and exciting education
programs and exhibitions.
For visiting hours and directions to Powdermill Nature Reserve
and PARC, please visit the Powdermill Web site at