Bird Banding at Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC)
The bird banding program at PARC records the age, sex, wing length, fat deposits, and body mass of captured species, as well as studying molt in birds. The data gathered
proves useful in many areas of avian research, including migration, behavioral research, and longevity, as well as differences between sexes and age groups, life cycles, weight and plumage changes, population monitoring, habitat use, disease, and ecotoxicology (the harmful effects of chemical compounds on avian species). Bird banding also helps us understand how to conserve the land and environments in which these migrating species live and breed. Learn more on our Bird Banding page.
Avian Perception of Glass
Birds are unable to distinguish window reflections from trees, plants, and sky. This fact results in countless bird strikes and millions of bird deaths from window collisions each year. PARC is conducting critical research that will soon make a difference. Our advanced flight tunnel, one of only two in the world using this design, is helping us understand which commercially available window treatments can prevent bird strikes.
Motus Wildlife Tracking
Understanding connectedness of individual flight patterns across the landscape is inherently necessary to interpret causes of population decline. At PARC, we are using the Motus Wildlife Tracking Network to track those flight patterns and help identify areas of greatest conservation concern.
Bioaccoustical Research at Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC)
At PARC, our bioacoustics facility employs a specially constructed recording booth along with interactive sound analysis software. In a procedure which elicits bird calls from selected species, we are able to record, isolate, and analyze acoustic signatures. A library of exceptionally clean bird calls is being compiled that will prove useful in a variety of research endeavors, including a new way of automating bird counting and migration research. Learn more on our Bioacoustics
The Eastern Bird Banding Association announces the publication of its first Monograph. This monograph summarizes and uses statistical analyses of large amounts of biological data on North American species of birds.