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Licensed master bander Gordon Howard of the Crown Point Bird Banding Association holds a Lincoln Sparrow that he had just banded.  Howard's home is in South Carolina, where he is a professor emeritus in the department of parks, recreation and tourism management at Clemson University. He has a canp in Keeseville. Photos: Mark Kurtz
Licensed master bander Gordon Howard of the Crown Point Bird Banding Association holds a Lincoln Sparrow that he had just banded. Howard's home is in South Carolina, where he is a professor emeritus in the department of parks, recreation and tourism management at Clemson University. He has a canp in Keeseville. Photos: Mark Kurtz

Crown Point bird banders track migratory species

An historic documentation of bird migrations at an historic North Country site has come to a close for the season. For almost four decades, the Crown Point Bird Banding Association has been documenting the spring migration at the Crown Point Historic Site.

Established by Mike Peterson, bird banders have recorded and banded 17,374 birds of 106 species since 1976. He's been helped for most of those years by retired NYS Forest Ranger, Gary Lee. Listen to our Heard Up North of Lee banding during the winter at his home in Inlet. The banding takes place during the month of May.

This year, licensed master bander Gordon Howard, Professor Emeritus of Clemson University in South Carolina, led the effort. NCPR photographer Mark Kurtz was there.

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