Songbird Winter Dispersal

In 2012, Sitka High student Naquoia Bautista conducted an independent research project as part of our junco research

In 2012, Sitka High student Naquoia Bautista conducted an independent research project as part of our junco research

Attention all birders and bird-feeder owners! We need your help in recording sightings of these birds!

In the Falls of 2012, 2013, and 2014 local volunteers, students, and certified bird-bander Gwen Baluss have color-banded over 200 Juncos, chickadees, and sparrows in Sitka.

We are conducting a study of the habits of wintering songbirds in Sitka. Our goals include: understanding how far Juncos and other birds will travel from their banding site, and how many return to overwinter in Sitka each year.

This project relies upon volunteers to record their observations of these birds! If you see a banded Junco, Chickadee, Sparrow, Stellar’s Jay, or Kinglet, note the color combination of the bands and report to the online link below or email scott@sitkawild.org.

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This dark-eyed junco would be classified as left leg black over red, right leg aluminum

For example, a color combination could be left leg black over red, right leg aluminum (as in the photo at left)….

Record an observation online here

Link to project map

Link to a very cool Junco video (including student resources!)

This project is supported with additional funding from the Sitka Charitable Trust. Kitty LaBounty with the University of Alaska Southeast has provided coordination support and Matt Goff has generously donated his skills to provide data management.