Researchers Track Migration Patterns With Bird Banding

This week in our look at stories from around the state…we check in with Illinois Public Radio’s Connie Kuntz in Rockford. 2018 is the Year of the Bird…a year of education and outreach by bird enthusiasts. Bird banding is one way researchers track a bird's migration pattern. It's done by placing a small identification tag on a bird’s leg. Connie followed a Rockford University professor and took part in this seasonal ritual

 After having a small identification band placed around its leg, this little bird was sent on its way (photo courtesy of WNIJ/Connie Kuntz)

After having a small identification band placed around its leg, this little bird was sent on its way (photo courtesy of WNIJ/Connie Kuntz)

 A very fine ‘mist net’ is used to catch birds. Researchers carefully remove them from the net, band them and release them to continue migration (photo courtesy of WNIJ/Connie Kuntz)

A very fine ‘mist net’ is used to catch birds. Researchers carefully remove them from the net, band them and release them to continue migration (photo courtesy of WNIJ/Connie Kuntz)

 A downy woodpecker was among the species caught and banded during a recent migratory bird study near Rockford (photo courtesy of WNIJ/Connie Kuntz)

A downy woodpecker was among the species caught and banded during a recent migratory bird study near Rockford (photo courtesy of WNIJ/Connie Kuntz)