Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Seeing Birds Up Close


Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Bird bander Boo Curry holds a ruby-crowned kinglet for the group to see. Only the male has the ruby crown which usually stays concealed under its gray head feathers. The crown pops up when the bird is excited.

SEELEY LAKE - Though bird banding usually does not start until June, a group from the University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab set up their station May 21 to enable Seeley Lake Elementary School (SLE) students and parents an opportunity to observe the bird-banding process. The activity was another parent-child opportunity supported by the 21st Century grant.

The Seeley Lake banding area is classified as a mixed forest/willow riparian area. Mike Krzywicki, who is in charge of the Bird Ecology Lab's summer program, said only one percent of Montana contains a riparian area yet nine out of every...

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