The North Shore, Part Two.








While at Wolf Ridge my kids had the chance to observe – and participate in – a morning of bird banding.

They are both a little bird-crazy this year, after setting up our first successful feeding station in our front yard. A new feeder (and some houses) are being constructed this season in our garage, and field guides are often pulled out to identify our friends on the feeders.

I believe so strongly that learning happens when we are awake and alive and dialed in to what we're seeing.

This was one of those moments.

From the vibrations of the chickadee's heartbeat to the crimp of the pliers, I expect they'll remember what they learned this morning for a long time.

7 thoughts on “The North Shore, Part Two.

  1. Cassandra says:

    I am a complete bird geek (with 2 small parrots in residence at my house). I’m curious how they catch these wild little birds. It looks like they set up a net? And they seem to not be biters once they are being handled? I’ve never seen this process done before so I’m intrigued!

  2. Tanya Hulbert says:

    We are also bird watchers. We have a feeder that suctions to a window so we are able to observe while inside too and get a little closer. I may need to check into a bird sanctuary nearby. Thanks.

  3. Rachel Wolf says:

    It is called a “mist net” and is suspended between two poles, then opened just before use. As for biting, it depends on the bird and the species. The chickadees were really letting people have it, but the white-throated sparrow was very mellow.

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