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Nashville’s Winter Bird Banding at Warner Park

Warner Park Nature Center and Warner Parks in Nashville are ideal sites to view many species of wildlife.   Perching birds or ‘sparrow shaped’ birds and many other Neotropical migrants may be seen or heard in early spring and fall. Perching birds make up the largest order of birds in the world.  More than 3,000 species of birds make their home in the Neotropical Zone. This represents about one-third of the bird species in the world. Each spring, more than 150 species of Neotropical birds leave their Central and South American homes to make their way to North America to nest and rear their young.  Your back porch is a wonderful spot to observe hundreds of hummingbirds during fall migration. Something else to look forward to coming up in early January is the Winter Bird banding Program at Warner Park. The banders are ready for the cold weather! Winter bird banding focuses on catching and recording data about the winter resident bird populations.  Warner Park also participates in geocaching. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game! Players try to locate hidden containers, called ‘geocaches’, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.

Interesting facts: A nestling (a baby bird that is featherless or incompletely feathered), if fallen from a nest, may be returned to the nest. Birds have a poor sense of smell. If humans touch a baby bird or nest it does not cause the parents to abandon the birds. After a fledgling (a fully feathered young bird) leaves the nest it may live on the ground for up to two weeks. During this time the parents still provide food and protection.

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