Friday, March 13, 2009

The Prothonotary Warblers Are Coming!

The Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea) will be at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest by the end of the month and Project PROTHO will officially get underway! We will begin banding the birds immediately, so visitors should be able to spot color-banded birds from the boardwalk in April.

Image by Mark Musselman

Anyone can participate by observing a color-banded Prothonotary Warbler, recording on a data sheet the sighting and the bird's location, and then turning the data sheet in at the nature center. We will load the Prothonotary Warbler information into the nature center touchscreen computer AND on the Audubon South Carolina webpage. Each bird will have its own webpage, so participants can keep track of the birds they spotted in the swamp. We will upload all sightings, the identity of mates, offspring that are banded, nest locations, and any foreign travel should the birds be captured beyond our borders.

The flyer below provides additonal information. Please share this flyer and join us in the swamp for Project PROTHO!

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