Bird Banding and Stream Study!

at Powdermill Nature Reserve on Friday, May 29

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RSVP to Join in on this event:

Cost is $9.00

**Please note once I provide our final count to Powdermill (a week prior to our outing day), we will need to pay for that number of participants. Thanks in advance!!**

We will be learning in the outdoors, rain or shine. The weather can be unpredictable this time of year. No matter the forecast, Powdermill recommends long pants; layered clothing; sturdy shoes/boots (preferably rain boots/water shoes) as we will be in the water and possibly on muddy trails. Rain gear if needed. (No umbrellas, though, for safety!). It's also best to bring a 2nd pair of shoes/socks to change into after:).

RSVP by clicking on the link below or by emailing Amy Markle at

Click Here to RSVP!

Please note-I need to provide our count ahead and we must pay for that final count amount. So, once you RSVP you will need to pay the entrance fee even if something comes up where you cannot attend. Thanks in advance!

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Bird Banding and Stream Study Activities!

Friday, May 29th 2015 at 9am-1pm

1847 Pennsylvania 381

Rector, PA


  • 9:00 am – Arrive at Powdermill
  • 9:05 am – Short Hike to Bird Banding Laboratory
  • 9:15 am – Learn about bird migration, see capture and banding process. Learn about Bird-Safe glass research.
  • 10:30 am - Hike back to Nature Center
  • 10:40 am – Restroom break and Lunch (Please bring bagged lunch for your family)
  • 11:15 am – Introduction to Stream Study
  • 11:30 am - Hike to stream or ponds
  • 11:40 am – Sample stream for aquatic life
  • 12:30 am – Hike back to Nature Center
  • 12:40 am – Identify specimens from field-collection and wrap up.
  • 1:00 pm – Approximate end of formal lesson and Dismissal

Intended Outcomes:

  • During stream study, students will learn about the hydrologic cycle, aquatic invertebrate sampling, invertebrate and fish identification, water chemistry assessment and writing activity
  • Bird Banding: Students will be able to see wild birds of PA up close and personal while learning their biology and how scientists research them.
  • Bioacoustics: Students will learn about the study of animal sounds and how they can be used to monitor bird migration.
  • Flight Tunnel: researching bird-glass collisions - Students will learn how researchers cleverly study how birds see glass without injuring any birds.
  • Meet PA Virtual students, families, and staff
  • Apply 4 hours of Science time to your OLS

Hope to see you all there!

Hosting FSC: Amy Markle


Reminders for all PA Virtual Events:

  • An adult chaperon must stay on-site for all PA Virtual events.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • All PA Virtual events are smoke-free.
  • Pets should never be brought to PA Virtual events.
  • To limit the spread of possible flu, please do not attend a PA Virtual event if you have had a fever within 24 hours of the event.
  • In consideration of our students with allergies, please refrain from bringing balloons or food containing nut products.