Inlet, NY, Feb 28, 2014 — The cold doesn't stop a good share of birds from thriving in the North Country, and it's a good time for birders to get to know their local birds... one...you can see them without all those leaves in the way. And two...they probably get to know you, too, through your bird feeders.
Retired New York State Forest Ranger Gary Lee is one of northern New York's expert birders, and he takes it a step further. He spends much of his winters banding birds - chickadees, in particular - at his home in Inlet. A dozen bird feeders are scattered around the yard of his home in Inlet, NY.
Lee stretches what looks like a fine-meshed volleyball net to snag the birds. David Sommerstein stopped by to see bird banding up close and sent this Heard Up North, which first aired in May 2013. Go to full article
Gary Lee records hundreds of banded birds in his log every year. He recently re-caught a chickadee he had banded in 2009. Photo: David Sommerstein
Inlet, NY, May 29, 2013 — Every May for the last 38 years, licensed bird banders have set out nets at the Crown Point Historic Site to document the spring migration. The project has recorded and banded almost 14,000 birds of 97 species since 1976.
Retired New York State Forest Ranger Gary Lee has helped for most of those years. He also spends much of his time banding birds at his home in Inlet. A dozen bird feeders are scattered around the yard. Lee stretches what looks like a fine meshy volleyball net to snag the birds.
David Sommerstein stop by to experience bird banding up close and sent this Heard Up North. Go to full article