Spring 2021 Bander
Tahira comes to Manomet for her first banding season from Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2019 and worked with Metro Nashville Parks, where she led birding hikes, created nature-based children’s programming, and assisted the local banding station with data entry. She has accumulated over 1,000 hours of wildlife rehabilitation experience, working primarily with songbirds. This is Tahira’s first banding internship, and she is excited to learn more about determining age and sex, overall identification, and sharpening her net extraction (retrieving birds from mist nets after they’ve been caught) skills. Though a banding newbie, Tahira has had her share of working with birds in the hand.
“My favorite birds are Chimney Swifts,” she says. “Out of all the species I have rehabbed over the years, baby chimney swifts were by far the most stressful. Since they are insectivores that feed while flying, providing nutrition to CHSW in captivity can be very hard, but I enjoyed the challenge of feeding and caring for them. Chimney swifts are also very beautiful and unique birds.”