Wildlife refuge begins banding ducks

January 21, 2011 • Local News

A recently banded duck waits to be re-released back into the wild as members of the Home Garden Club, reflected in a window, take photos, Thursday at Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge. (Mark Wilson Photo)

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge biologist Jeff Sanchez inspected a mallard with a dark green feathered head before releasing it back into the wild. Though the duck fluttered its wings and squirmed against his chest, Sanchez could see a silver band as wide as a wedding ring already fastened to its orange leg. This drake didn’t need any more jewelry.

“Oh, he’s banded,” Sanchez told members of the Home Garden Club who were helping release the birds, Thursday morning. “And he’s one of ours.”

The refuge began “banding” ducks, or identifying with a Login to read more

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