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Binder Park Zoo Presents Bird Banding with Rich Keith

August 25, 2010

Binder Park Zoo and Brigham Audubon are welcoming special guest speaker Rich Keith, the Bird Banding Coordinator of the Kalamazoo Nature Center on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 7:00pm. This special presentation will include a discussion on the importance of bird banding in Michigan as well as the rest of North America and Rich’s involvement with MAPS (Monitoring Avaiation productivity and Survivorship).

Rich had a passion for birds long before he found the Kalamazoo Nature Center. He has traveled all over much of North and Central America in search of birds. In fact, he quickly became involved in the first Breeding Bird Atlas of Michigan in 1983. As that project was winding down, Rich began work with the KNC banding program. For Mr. Keith, finally being able to get that close to the Warblers he loved so much was literally a dream come true.

In the beginning, Rich started by banding birds 3-5 days per week. However, once he became the banding coordinator of the Kalamazoo Nature Center in 1990, Rich would band birds 3 days per week during the breeding season and seven days per week during the fall migration. In late 2007, Rich took on the responsibility for Kalamazoo Nature Center’s federal bird banding permit and all other aspects of the banding operation.

Today, Rich spends most of his time at the Pitsfield banding site near Vicksburg, MI where he has banded over 85,000 birds and recaptured over 30,000. In fact, Pitsfield, which was established in 1990, is among the three longest running MAPS stations in North America.

A short Brigham Audubon business meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm, with the presentation beginning immediately afterwards at 7:15 pm. The meeting will take place in the Cross Administration Building (Zoo Office). The event is free to the public. For more information, please contact Binder Park Zoo: 269-979-1351.

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