Wellfleet Bay has re-established a bird banding station to study the migration of songbirds. The Sanctuary has a long history of monitoring bird populations through banding, most notably the research done by Dr. Oliver Austin, Jr. from 1928-1958. Much has changed since that time and the data we are gathering is helping us understand just how much it has changed.
Mist nets are set up on the property during spring and fall migrations and are managed by James Junda, Licensed Master Bander. Come meet James and the rest of the bird banding team and learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. The welfare of the birds is our priority and we cannot guarantee live birds will be observed in-the-hand.
Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars if you have them. Please arrive and check-in 10 minutes before the start of the program. This program includes sanctuary admission for the remainder of the day.
COVID Guidelines: This program is meeting outdoors. The town of Wellfleet has a mask mandate in effect that requires masks indoors at all times and outdoors when appropriate distancing cannot be maintained. If you need to enter the building for any reason (i.e. using restrooms or filling a water bottle) you are required to wear a mask.
Please note our cancellation policy: In order to receive a refund, you must notify us of your cancellation at least 7 days before the program begins. If we cancel the program, you will receive a full refund. We reserve the right to change programs, schedules, and instructors, and to cancel programs due to low enrollment or unfavorable weather.