Bird Banding at Westmoreland Sanctuary
First graders visiting Westmoreland Sanctuary last week were rapt by bird banding. Students watched staff safely catch two wild birds using mist nets and then identify them and record their age and sex. This was the first time one of the birds (a black-capped chickadee) had been captured, so students watched as it received a unique numbered band on its leg. The other bird, a tufted titmouse, had been banded in June, so they recorded its number, tracked the bird, and weighed it. Both birds were released before students returned to their bus.
Each section in first and second grade will be traveling to Westmoreland Sanctuary once every two weeks this fall to have hands-on learning experiences in a natural classroom setting. Between visits with the educators at Westmoreland, students are further exploring the topics at RCS – which is why this week, first graders were also building bird feeders using oranges and seeds with science teacher Sarah Bergin.