Public invited to watch
bird banding study

June 21, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

At left kids watch Ty Smucker of the Wildlife Research and Education Network band a bird.

Ty and Sue Reel of the Forest Service take
notes on their research. Donna Love photos


Mist Netting and Banding Birds

Interested in learning more about wildlife and wildlife research? Interested in birds? Want to learn to identify birds by sight and by their songs and calls?

The Wildlife Research and Education Network will be operating a bird mist-netting and banding station this summer in the wetland preserve at the north end of Seeley Lake. The station will be operated once every ten days throughout the summer and is open to the public. All are welcome! Bring your family and friends. Students interested in careers in wildlife research and management or forestry are especially encouraged to participate in the banding operations, and will have the opportunity to work alongside and interact with professional wildlife biologists, foresters, and naturalists. Student groups are encouraged! Please pass this information on to anyone you know who may be interested in learning more about wildlife!

Weather permitting, bird mist netting and banding will be conducted during morning sessions on designated Saturdays and Tuesdays (except as noted otherwise) starting June 2nd and going through August 4th. Dates are subject to change. Nets will be opened at sunrise and left open for six hours. Feel free to stop in for a long as you like any time during these sessions.

Tentative Summer Bird Banding Schedule at Seeley Lake:



June 23, Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

July 4th, Wednesday, 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

July 14, Saturday, 5:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

July 24, Tuesday, 5:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

August 4, Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to noon


The banding station will be located along the edge of the marsh at the north end of Seeley Lake. To get to the banding station, follow the trail leading north from the Seeley Lake Ranger Station past the bird blind and across the small foot bridge, to "the bend" in the Clearwater River. Or, park at the Clearwater Canoe Trailhead and follow the foot trail south into the Seeley Lake Preserve until you reach "the bend."

Pending feasibility and interest, banding may continue later into the year to monitor the fall migration of birds as they head south toward their wintering grounds.

Additional Avian Population Research

Currently, a study is being conducted of Olive-sided Flycatcher distribution and nesting success among different types of managed and unmanaged forest types in western Montana. Although the Olive-sided Flycatcher is commonly found in managed forest, long term monitoring data indicate that its numbers are declining throughout North and South America. It is currently listed as a Species of Concern.

Wildlife Research and Education Network

is a fledgling nonprofit organization established for the purpose of engaging in and promoting objective scientific research and education to further public understanding and awareness of wildlife ecology and conservation. One way this goal is pursued is by providing opportunities for public involvement and encouraging participation in ongoing wildlife research.

Additionally, there will be organized field trips and educational sessions with biologists studying other wildlife, including Canadian lynx, snowshoe hares, and wolves throughout Montana and the West.

For more information or to schedule a group visit, contact Ty Smucker at 677-0667, PO Box 251, Seeley Lake MT 59868, or