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.

Where Are They Now? Featuring 2009 Palomarin Intern Noah Strycker

01.29.16
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A Blue-banded Toucanet and Andean Guan share a branch near Oxampampa, Peru, in February of the Big Year. Photo by Noah Strycker

Read about how Noah breaks the previous record, and then some, in his pursuit of a global “big year”.

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Monthly Banding Summary, November 2015

01.08.16
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First Varied Thrush of the season caught at Palo Photo by Hannah Conley

November marks a change in the intern crew, the recapture of an infamous Wrentit, and another recapture of a geolocator-tagged Fox Sparrow.

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Monthly Banding Summary, October 2015

11.18.15
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Yellow-green Vireo captured along Pine Gulch Creek in the Bolinas Lagoon Open Space Preserve. Photo by David Sherer.

October brought rarities from Siberia and Mexico, plus many more of our usual migrants returned for winter, some wearing tiny data logging backpacks!

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Monthly Banding Summary, September 2015

10.16.15
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The first Ruby-crowned kinglet of the year was captured at Palomarin on 9/23. Photo by Hannah Conley.

September is full of change: migrant breeders departed for their southerly wintering grounds, others stopped here to refuel along their migratory journey, while other species that over-winter in Marin but breed to the north returned.

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Monthly Banding Summary, August 2015

10.06.15
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American Redstart captured at Redwood Creek on August 19th. Photo by David Sherer.

Fall migration has arrived, with lots of exciting captures at the Palomarin Field Station.

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Monthly Banding Summary, July 2015

09.15.15
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First-year Blue-gray Gnatcatcher caught at Palomarin in July. Photo by Hannah Conley.

The long summer days persist—breeding season winds down and a lot of unbanded juveniles show up. Activity is notably slower and quieter by the end of month, and the summer season draws to a close.

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Monthly Banding Summary, June 2015

08.03.15
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Our first vagrant of the season – a stunning Gray Catbird! These mimics, named for their “mewing”, cat-like call, are usually not found in California. However, each year a handful of vagrants find their way to the west coast – making us very lucky to have come across this bird!  Photo by Robert Snowden.

Juveniles, a summer vagrant, and technology at the Palomarin Field Station in June! Check our our latest blog post to hear about the latest from the banding interns.

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Monthly Banding Summary, May 2015

07.02.15
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A species rarely caught by our mist nets: a Cedar Waxing at our site along Pine Gulch Creek in the Bolinas Lagoon Open Space Preserve. Photo by Tyler Winter

May was filled with increased banding effort, and exciting captures of species that we don’t catch very often.

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Where Are They Now? Featuring 2011 Palomarin Intern Amanda Gallinat

06.16.15
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Amanda at Palomarin after banding a Western Scrub-Jay (photo by Sam Roberts)

Where Are They Now? Where do Palomarin interns go after they complete their internship with us? Our growing numbers of Palomarin alumni often continue on in the fields of conservation science and bird ecology, many becoming influential in their chosen field of study. Still others whose lives have gone in different directions have pursued paths […]

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Monthly Banding Summary, April 2015

05.20.15
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Fledgling Orange-crowned Warbler fresh out of the nest. Photo by Hannah Conley.

April at Palomarin was relatively slow in terms of number of birds captured, but we made up for it with our first fledglings of the season and a rare hummingbird capture!

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