This week Meadowlands Commission naturalists banded 295 birds in North Arlington, including 27 Ruby-crowned Kingletsand 107 Savannah Sparrows — a threatened species in New Jersey and a bird we at the Meadowlands Commission are especially interested in.
NJMC naturalists are conducting a study to see what kinds of habitats should be created on the Meadowlands’ landfills to attract a greater diversity of migrating birds and to provide nesting habitat for threatened or endangered grasslands species, such as Savannah Sparrows and Grasshopper Sparrows.
As part of the study, Meadowlands Commission naturalists have been mist-netting birds on the Erie Landfill in North Arlington, banding them and recording their vital statistics, and then releasing them.
We will post the bird data for the week here on Friday afternoons through early November whenever possible.
Click "Continue reading…" immediately below for this week’s tally.