SanCap Audubon To Present ‘Tracking Shorebirds Through Banding’

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Featuring individual stories of some of our resident and migratory shorebirds, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Coastal Wildlife Manager, Audrey Albrecht, will cover the history and origin of bird banding, the many methods of trapping and marking shorebirds, and the invaluable data gained as a result. Join Audrey at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way.

Humans have been banding birds since as early as the 16th Century. The ability to individually identify birds gives us a greater understanding of their life histories, and helps us make educated decisions to protect and manage our wildlife. In this presentation Albrecht will go over the history of bird banding, and some of the methods involved in safely trapping and marking birds. Additionally, she will discuss the interesting life histories of some of the species that are commonly seen with bands around Sanibel and Captiva, such as banded sanderling P03 who nests in Arctic Canada and returns to Sanibel each winter for the last 4 years. Learn how you can help contribute to this research as a citizen scientist by re-sighting and reporting banded birds.

Albrecht is originally from coastal Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology & Management in 2006. She has worked all over the country with a variety of species, but the majority of her career has focused on shorebirds. From 2010 to 2016 she worked with both the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program and the U.S. Geological Survey monitoring and banding piping plovers and least terns on the Missouri River in South Dakota and North Dakota. She joined the staff at SCCF in early 2016.

This is the third of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society lectures to be held in 2020 on Thursday evenings at the new starting time of 7 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House. As always, all are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and parking is available at the Community House as well as across Periwinkle Way in the Herb Strauss Theater parking area. A $10.00 donation per attendee is appreciated with proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida. For additional information, call Bill Jacobson at (239) 395-1878 or visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site at

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