Last night I went to my first ever Cincinnati Bird club meeting…and it was wonderful! Dave Russell from Miami University lectured on his work at the university and the banding stations at the Avian Research and Education Institute (AREI) and the Miami University Bird Observatory (MUBO) located in Hueston Woods. Dave is one of less than 100 bird banding trainers in North America and one of only five in Ohio.
It was an awesome presentation, and I’m definitely going to look into it. Matty is also interested. AREI makes banding training and migration research available to high school and college students (adults are welcome too). This summer Matty becomes a 9th grader, so we're in. I hope we can volunteer and learn how to do a little banding or at least watch a banding station in action and help out a bit. A lot of the research obtained from banding is used to help with conservation. Click here for more information on AREI.