Saturday, 11 July 2009

Ringing Day Approaches

The exciting day is fast approaching when our young Ospreys are going to be ringed. This is the only day in their entire lives (hopefully) when they will be handled by humans and that we will get to see them in such intimate detail so its an important moment.

This safe and strictly licensed technique is one hundred years old this year and tried and tested with Ospreys. It enables us to identify individuals, track the progress of birds and gather information on their migrations and whereabouts during their ( hopefully) long lives. At the same time, the chicks will be weighed, measured and given a health check as well.

This Monday morning ( the 13th) at approximately 10am- 12noon, the team will be ringing the main nest chicks, and thanks to help from the Forestry Commission technical department we will be able to broadcast this event live into the centres at Glentress and Kailzie for all to enjoy. There will be experienced volunteers on hand to explain the procedures as they happen and to answer any questions you may have.

All of this is of course weather dependant as the birds welfare must always come first, but I will try to post any change of plans here for you all.

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