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Public invited to observe bird banding at F.W. Kent Park Saturday, May 13

OXFORD– For the past three years, Johnson County Conservation (JCC) collaborated with federally licensed bird banders to survey bird populations at F.W. Kent Park. The public is invited to observe the banding process on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will take place at the bird blind near the Conservation Education Center.
JCC staff and volunteers will demonstrate banding techniques, show feather characteristics, and discuss bird behaviors while displaying the bird in hand. Children will enjoy seeing the various birds up close while adults will appreciate the intricacies of aging the birds.
This is a free event with observers welcome to come and go as their schedules allow. Limited seating will be provided; lawn chairs are recommended for those who plan to observe for longer periods of time. No registration is required for the event. For more information contact naturalist Sydney Algreen at 319-645-1011 or salgreen@co.johnson.ia.us. In the event of inclement weather, the program may be canceled.
Bird banding is a scientific procedure that gathers data on avian populations to improve bird conservation. Kent Park bird banders follow guidelines set forth by the North American Banding Council to ensure the safe handling of all birds. To learn more about bird banding, visit the websites of the Bird Banding Laboratory, www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/, the North American Banding Council, www.nabanding.net, or the Institute of Bird Populations, www.birdpop.org.
Johnson County Conservation manages over 2,000 acres of land and outdoor recreation areas throughout the County. Many native prairies, river access areas, small community parks, and the 1,052 acre F.W. Kent Park provide a variety of services in natural resources, recreation, environmental education, and conservation. To learn more about Johnson County Conservation, visit www.johnson-county.com/conservation.