11 Jun What have I been up to in the CVNP?
One of the most exciting things I participated in was building CVNP’s first bird banding station. Bird banding is an amazing way to gather scientific data and manage conservation projects. This method helps understand migration, dispersal, reproductive success, behavior, and population growth.
During the first banding session I attended, several species were identified and banded. Some of my favorites were the hooded warbler, prairie warbler, and indigo bunting. The first session was very successful, and I learned all the hard work it takes to set up these stations and the care that goes into handling these birds.
Another aspect of this summer has been hands-on restoration projects. One of my favorites was when we assisted the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council in bringing buckets of gravel to help build a portion of the Buckeye Trail. It was a very rewarding experience, and I learned a lot about how much volunteers for the CVTC help maintain our beautiful trails.
Last but certainly not least are the wonderful education programs I participate in! Some of the few so far are fossil programs, pond and river fishing, pond and forest exploration, orienteering, invasive species removal, and geology. I have learned so much while doing these programs, and I am very excited to share all I have learned with the community. This summer has been an amazing experience so far!