Songbird Banding Stations

2020 update: Unfortunately we are not hosting groups at our banding station at this time due to covid-19 precautions. We hope to have our regular Bird's Eye View Education Program back in 2021. We are also working with Field to Frame Interpretive Planning & Design and the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program to produce video content based on our outreach program. When completed this will be availble for teachers or anyone else interested. Check back here for updates.

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Our songbird banding stations are open to the public in the summer! Join us for bird banding and bring your families to see some of Montana’s most beautiful animals while learning about the scientific world of data collection, how to catch birds, bird behavior, and ecology. See schedule posted below for dates of operation and each year we will post our schedule in April. We regularly work with Montana Natural History Center campers, Montana Audubon groups, The Blackfoot Challenge and Clark Fork Watershed Education Program groups to provide a unique glimpse into the world of biology. Teachers and groups are welcome to contact us to set up a visit. We welcome all visitors.

Although we have the schedule posted and we plan to work those days, inclement weather may force us to reschedule as those conditions can be harmful to birds. If the weather looks potentially poor, please call us to make sure we have an open station.

UMBEL Biologist Mike Krzywicki interacting with a group from the Montana Natural History Center, Summer 2017

2020 Bird's Eye View Education Program Schedule

Unfortunately we are not hosting groups at our banding stations in 2020 due to covid-19. Please check back next year for updates.

2019 Bird's Eye View Education Program Schedule




The UMBEL Crew Banding at the Ranch at Rock Creek, Summer 2018
Adult male Lazuli Bunting, summer 2017
UMBEL Biologists examine the open wing of a Cedar Waxwing
A woodpecker is placed headfirst into a small tube to keep it still while recording its mass
A male American Redstart molting its wing feathers
Two young bird enthusiasts watch as UMBEL Biologist Mike Krzywicki extracts a bird from a mist-net