In fall 2023 we began a project to capture and band migratory birds passing through Laramie, a region that lacks information on songbird species whose populations are steeply declining. We monitor these birds on a property managed by the City of Laramie. At the banding station graduate students and faculty train UW undergraduate interns who earn college-level credit while learning how to handle, band, and measure wild birds. We hope to provide outreach visits to the banding station in future years so that community members can learn about avian research and come away with an appreciation for birds.
During summer we monitor tree swallow nest boxes in Albany County. Undergraduate students that participate in this project have the opportunity to observe and record data from nest building to chick fledging while thinking critically about the scientific process. Nest check data are also uploaded to NestWatch, a nationwide program that monitors track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds.