July 17- drop in between 9am and 11am
Included with General Admission or Garden Membership; no pre-registration is required.
Susan Campbell and her team will demonstrate the process of hummingbird banding, a critical component of her research. Come see local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and learn about trapping and handling as well as applying a tiny bands and taking data. You will witness, up close, all of the important elements of this specialized scientific endeavor. Susan will share information gained to-date and answer questions about hummingbirds during the event. She will not only be talking about the activities of these birds in the wild but important aspects of providing for hummingbirds on your property. Feeder selection, landscaping and other special considerations will be discussed.
Those wishing to support Susan’s research in North Carolina will, for $20, have the privilege of “adopting” a hummingbird and, thus, release it following banding.
Susan Campbell is a licensed hummingbird bander and lead hummingbird researcher in North Carolina. She has been working with hummingbirds for over 15 years as research affiliate with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Having banded over 4000 hummingbirds around the state, Susan has insight into the distribution, movements and ecology of North Carolina’s smallest bird species. In addition to her research, Susan is a Seasonal Naturalist with NC State Parks and is an educator as well as a writer who has regular columns in a variety of publications. You may have seen Susan working with her tiny subjects as part of the very first episode of “Exploring North Carolina” on PBS.