Bird Banding, Bioacoustical Research, Avian Perception of Glass, and more.
Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC) is part of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s biological research station Powdermill Nature Reserve. PARC operates a bird banding station, conducts bioacoustical research, and evaluates avian perception of glass in an experimental flight tunnel to reduce bird window collisions. Visit our Bird Banding page to learn more about these and additional avian research efforts underway at PARC. Above all else, the well being of every bird is our top priority at all times!
Our Banding Summaries page presents up-to-date bird banding summaries utilizing a dynamic, database driven system which is the first of its kind in the field. Researchers interested in fuller access to banding data should Contact PARC for more information.
Located in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the PARC facility and its 10-hectares of fields, hedgerows, ponds, wetlands, and streams offer a unique opportunity for research partnerships. Graduate students and field researchers find exciting opportunities at PARC in a variety of areas related to our woodland setting. Additionally, volunteers and interns have the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge of avian research by committing to a summer of assisting in PARC’s bird banding efforts.
With more than 55 years of experience and 750,000 birds captured, PARC is uniquely situated to study how birds are responding to our changing world. Birds studied through our banding program may also be utilized for bioacoustical, window avoidance, telemetry studies and more, all while handling these species in a gentle and humane manner. In this way PARC contributes both to our knowledge of migrating species and to their enhanced survival as well. Visit our History of PARC page for more information.
- Throughout the year we welcome visitors to see our operation. Learn more about visiting PARC.
- Get an up close look at the birds that have visited Powdermill Avian Research Center. View our bird banding pictorial highlights by year and season.
- PARC offers banding workshops throughout the year for individuals wanting to be trained in bird banding or to brush up on skills they already possess.
- See banding data, updated daily, for birds being processed at the Powdermill Avian Research Center.