We had a banner year at our banding station at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. 2020 proved to be our busiest season there to date. We set new highs for total banded birds and added several new species that had never been banded there before. All of this was while simultaneously adapting to meet health and safety guidelines that enabled visitors to experience bird banding firsthand in a safe way.
The Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program started in Colorado in 2008 and has since expanded to 15 states and 10 Bird Conservation Regions. In honor of its 10th anniversary, we invite you to explore a few examples how IMBCR data has benefited bird conservation over the past decade.
Bats have a lot in common with birds. These flying mammalian counterparts can fly, eat insects, are found in a variety of habitats, and are an indicator species when studying landscape health. They also have similar habitat needs to many birds, making bat conservation a winning proposition for both furry and feathered friends.
The BioBlitz that took place this June at Oliver Reservoir in Nebraska was a weekend full of science, education, fun and adventure! Over 30 participants, mostly children, spent two days learning about dozens of different species of birds, insects and plants.