Close encounters of the bird kind

The ringing of birds is a fascinating source of information. In addition to the close encounter when handling the bird, the subsequent recapture or recovery of the bird can provide information on migration, longevity, mortality, population studies, territoriality, feeding behaviour and other aspects that are studied by ornithologists.

Imagine the wealth of information that can be gathered by one person over 15 years of bird-ringing. Mike Ford is such a person, and he will show and tell at the Club’s monthly meeting on Wednesday evening 18 February.

He has a large pool of photographs of birds in the hand and close-up, and he will explain why birds are ringed, how they are trapped, ringed, measured and released, and how the data is archived and used.

The meeting is in the Fernkloof Reserve Hall and begins at seven. Tea, coffee and biscuits in the kitchen afterwards. Visitors are welcome.

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