Earlier this month, director of animal programs Michelle Smurl joined local ecologist Dr. Dave Breininger in Rockledge to band young Florida scrub-jays.
The bands serve as “name tags” that help researchers monitor individual birds. Each combination of band colors is unique.
Working under permits from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michelle and Dave trapped unbanded scrub-jays and secured them in bags. The birds were weighed with a spring scale, taken out of the bag, aged based on their plumage, banded and released. A feather sample taken from each individual will be sent to a geneticist so we can confirm their relationship to known, banded scrub-jays.
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