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PARC Banding Station

Birds waiting to be processed

Virtual Tour of Powdermill Avian Research Center

Tour our Bird Banding and
Research Facilities

Bird Banding Station

In season, hundreds of birds are caught each day in PARC’s 70, 12 meter long mist nets. Captured birds are carefully removed throughout the day and returned to the banding lab for processing.

Birds are identified to species, banded, and information about their age, sex, wing length, fat deposits, and body mass is recorded.  Studies of molt in birds is of particular interest at PARC, so detailed notes regarding the pattern, timing, and sequence of molt is also often recorded.  The banding and data collection process takes less than a minute, after which most birds are promptly released through a small sliding door in the window next to the banding desk.  Visit our Bird Banding page to learn more.

Our Banding Summaries page presents up-to-date bird banding summaries using a computerized database which is the first of its kind in the field.  Researchers interested in fuller access to banding data should Contact PARC for more information.  


Processing birds    banding a bird

Photo Tour of Net Lanes



Back Field Nets

Bear Crossing Nets

Feeder Nets

Long Lane Nets

Pond Nets

Strip Mine Nets



See Larger Map


Sound booth in acoustics labBioacoustical Studies of Migrating Birds

Some of the birds captured for banding are held for a short additional time to assist in bioacoustical studies.  At PARC, our acoustics lab includes a sound chamber and use of Raven interactive sound analysis software, developed by Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

The goal is to isolate bird calls clear of environmental noises and build a library of vocalizations that can be used for further research and migration studies.  Ultimately, automated field monitoring stations will be able to record and match the vocalizations of migrating birds in a way that will greatly augment banding studies.  Visit our Bioacoustic Research page to learn more.

Flight Tunnel 

Flight tunnel to study bird strikes - in useMillions of birds die every year flying into windows, because they can’t tell reflections form trees, plants, and sky. Most of these windows are on houses.  In partnership with the American Bird Conservancy, PARC is studying bird behavior in a specially built flight tunnel (one of only two of its kind in the world).

The flight tunnel is completely safe and there is no chance of birds actually striking a pane of glass.  A variety of commercially available windows are undergoing trials to determine which treatments best alleviate the possibility of bird strikes.  Each bird makes one flight down the tunnel and is immediately released.  Visit our Flight Tunnel page to learn more.


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