Nestwatch Springfield is a citizen science project under the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts. Its purpose is to study backyard song birds and is a collaboration of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Center at UMass. It is led by Suzannah Lerman.
The way Nestwatch Springfield came to the Orchard Arboretum is through a presentation at the Hampshire Bird Club and an invitation to participate. Applewood resident Anne Cann is a member of the Hampshire Bird Club and submitted the Orchard Arboretum as a study site. It was accepted and this is the second year of the program.
On June 5th, Several Applewood residents, Susannah Lerman, Project Leader at Umass and Field Technologists from the Nestwatch Springfield, (Stephanie Clymer, Team Leader, Evageline Shank, Thom Bullock and Nat Goodroe, Umass Student) came to the Orchard Arboretum to band birds for further study. They are studying a mix of resident and migrant birds, open cup and cavity nesters, and birds that use a variety of habitats. A goal is to see if urban, suburban and rural birds are alike or different from wildland or forest populations.
Anne Cann, Applewood resident is monitoring several nests every three days. There is one next of chipping sparrows with four babies that are featherless, at this moment. She is hoping they will stay warm during the cooler weather Amherst is currently experiencing.
Here are some photographs of the technologists, Applewood residents and staff working together to band the various birds. Each type of bird has a different color band so the scientists can identify and track individual birds.
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