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 didnâ€™t need any more jewelry.
â€œOh, heâ€™s banded,â€ Sanchez told members of the Home Garden Club who were helping release the birds, Thursday morning. â€œAnd heâ€™s one of ours.â€
The refuge began â€œbandingâ€ ducks, or identifying with a Login to read more