Winter Bird Banding at Kiawah Island Banding Station

Winter banding began in 2010 at Kiawah Island Banding Station.  Between 12-15 nets are operated every ten days from December 1st – March 30th.  Nets are opened 30 minutes before sunrise and closed approximately 6 hours later. Marsh sparrow banding began during the winter of  2011-2012 with the objective of determining habitat requirements, site fidelity, relative abundance, and distribution of the species.  The birds are flushed into mist nets at high tide roosts in the salt marsh.  The target species are Seaside Sparrows, Nelson’s Sparrows, and Saltmarsh Sparrows.  During the winter of 2011-2012, 21 sites were sampled once to assess sparrow distribution across the island.  In future seasons, only a subset of those sites will be sampled but will be visited 2-3 times in a season. Contact Aaron Given at agiven@kiawahisland.org if you are seriously interested in participating.