The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Connecting Science, Conservation, and Community Engagement Through Long-term Bird Banding in Red Butte Canyon

Birds are an excellent indicator of environmental health and can serve as effective flagship species to garner interest in conservation. Since 2012, we have operated a twice-weekly bird banding station in Red Butte Canyon. Birds are captured in mist nets and released with small numbered leg bands following a suite of morphological measurements. This information allows us to monitor the health of a relatively undisturbed avian community and to note changes in life history phenology or demographics. The proximity of our station to Salt Lake City also allows for considerable community engagement opportunities. We have hosted 100s of visitors from a diverse range of backgrounds all of whom experienced the opportunity to learn about conservation practices and interact with nature up close.

Project by: Joshua Horns, Monte Neate-Clegg, Evan Buechley, and Cagan Sekercioglu

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