Carnegie Museum of Natural History's
Powdermill Avian Research Center
Bander Workshops will be offered in September of 2015.
here for more details.
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
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