Sunday, February 28, 2010

Setup for the 2010 Season Completed

Yesterday, in the sun and out of the wind among the "B" nets at the CVWO First Landing spring banding station, it felt like an early spring Saturday. A Yellow-rumped Warbler jumped into net B7 before it was even open! Brown-headed Nuthatches, Pine Warblers, Hairy Woodpeckers and Tufted Titmice sang. A banded Hermit Thrush was spotted. All to welcome the eleven individuals, including CVWO President Brian Taber (who provided the above images of the day) and Master Bander Bob Reilly, who came to clear the net lanes, set the mist nets and erect the banding shelter for a sixth season.

The project was completed by 1500. Rob and Collette had the shelter up in a flash. Marty and Bob set the mist nets as soon as Laura (2009 CVWO intern), Sheila, Ingrid, Kurt, Terry, Brian and I cleared the net lanes and rearranged the boardwalks moved by winter storms. Terry, Brian and I set the aerial nets. Kurt, our good friend from Norway, and Ingrid, our new acquaintance from Sweden, added an international flair to the day.

The station will open for the 2010 season on Monday, March 1st. During the first two weeks of March the station will be open for seven days of the fourteen. This Monday and Tuesday the weather looks good. Later in the week the weather also looks promising.

Beginning March 15th the station will be open daily until May 31st, weather permitting (if it is not raining we are open). The station opens one-half hour before local sunrise and remains open for at least 6 hours thereafter. Come visit us at the junction of Long Creek Trail and White Hill Lake Trail in First Landing State Park. It is a beautiful walk.

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