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Highlands Biological Station Begins Bird Banding Project


Last updated 7/6/2020 at 5:23pm

A scientist works gently to band a blue-headed vireo. (Courtesy photos)

In conjunction with an international effort, the Highlands Biological Station has initiated a bird banding project in the high-elevation mountain community.

At Western Carolina University's research and learning facility in Macon County, staff described how monitoring bird populations is important for several reasons, including educational opportunities for volunteers and visitors.

"Bird populations in North America have declined," said Jason Love, associate director of Highlands Biological Station. "The proliferation of development displacing habitat, predation by feral cats, and collis...

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