Point Blue's Palomarin Blog

Taking the Long View: An inside look at the goings-on at the longest running avian ecology field station west of the Mississippi.

Point Blue Conservation Science: Monthly Banding Summary, November 2017

01.05.18
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Hatch-year male Cooper's Hawk at Palo. Photo by Mike Mahoney

November marks the beginning of the winter banding internship here at the Palomarin Field Station. New banders arrive along with the last of the wintering migrants.

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Point Blue Conservation Science: Monthly Banding Summary, October 2017

11.21.17
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Marsh Wrens are commonly detected at our Pine Gulch banding site, but uncommonly captured. We caught 2 in one day in October. Photo by Meredith Heather.

October was a busy month with capstone projects, North American Banding Council certifications, and lots of banding. Read on to learn about the common, and not-so-common captures and activities last month.

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Point Blue Conservation Science: Monthly Banding Summary, September 2017

11.13.17
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An Ovenbird captured at our Redwood Creek banding site in September. Photo by Elise Zarri.

Fall migration was in full swing at Palomarin in September, bringing our regular migrants, and a few rarer vagrant species.

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Point Blue Conservation Science: Monthly Banding Summary, August 2017

10.18.17
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A Western Screech-Owl captured at our banding station along Redwood Creek in August 2017 - this was our first capture of this species at any of our banding stations since 1982! Photo by Elise Zarri.

In August we transitioned from the breeding season to fall migration, said goodbye to outgoing interns, and welcomed the new crew. We also enjoyed captures of some of the earlier fall migrants, among other exciting captures.

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Point Blue Conservation Science: Monthly Banding Summary, June and July 2017

08.31.17
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After hatch-year female Hooded Warbler at Palomarin. Photo by Ian Souza-Cole.

June and July are busy months at the field station! Read on to see what was happening!

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Point Blue Conservation Science: Palo Blog, May 2017

08.25.17
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A 10-day-old Wrentit nestling takes a short trip from its cozy nest to be banded and measured. Photo by Hilary Allen

May is a busy time for the gridders at Palomarin. What? you say you’ve never heard of “gridders”? Read on to find out more… [plus a first time capture for Palomarin]

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Point Blue Conservation Science: Palo’s Monthly Banding Summary, April 2017

08.16.17
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Male Violet-green Swallow captured at Pine Gulch (Marin County Open Space). Photo by Isabel Lawrence.

Spring ramps up and bird activity picks up with it! Check out the April blog for some highlights!

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Point Blue Conservation Science: Palo’s Monthly Banding Summary, March 2017

06.23.17
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Wilson’s Warbler captured at Muddy Hollow. Photo by Nick Liadis

Spring arrives and so do new interns! Check out the blog to find out what’s been going on at Palomarin!

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Point Blue Conservation Science: Where Are They Now? Featuring 1998 Palo Intern Moe Flannery

06.19.17
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Moe during blue whale necropsy. Photo by Brian Fisher / California Academy of Sciences

A blue whale brings Palo alumnus Moe Flannery back to Bolinas. Read the blog for details!

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Point Blue Conservation Science: Palo’s Monthly Banding Summary, February 2017

06.16.17
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Red-breasted Nuthatch (male, second-year) recaptured at Palomarin Field Station on February 1, 2017. Photo by Kim Savides.

Even a slow February brings some highlights to the winter banders! Read more to find out what the Palomarin interns were up to!

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