The fall migration season has officially begun, so it’s time for us to introduce the men and women who will serve as our fall banders. In their first week, the team worked tirelessly to open all 50 mist nets while handling over 200 birds.
Without further ado, let’s meet the banders!
Lauren diBiccari is a veteran to the banding lab, returning for her third season, this time as a lead bander. She just finished up a position as an artist in residence at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in D.C.
Banding Intern Kristen Oliver also just came back from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. She was working for their Neighborhood Nestwatch and Urban Nestwatch projects. Originally from South Carolina, this is Oliver’s first time in New England and she is nervously anticipating the frosty November mornings.
Alessandro Bartolo joins Manomet this fall for the first time as a bird bander. He just finished a six month study on forest bird demography in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge in Hawaii. Bartolo is excited to contribute to Manomet’s public outreach efforts and share his enthusiasm for birds and ecology.
Although she is only with us for a couple weeks, we would like to thank Kayla Baker for her help in getting our season off on the right foot. Baker will be leaving us this week to begin another banding position in Vermont.