Saturday, August 17, 2019

Meet the Banded Birds of Marco Island


Biologists across the world tag thousands of birds each year with unique leg bands, giving identities to individual birds. Sightings of these banded birds help answer questions about bird movements, lifespans, and survival. In Marco Island, you can find banded birds that live here year-round, and “snowbirds” that only visit for the winter. Here, we share the story of one banded bird found in Marco Island.

Meet Red Knot 6C9

Photo by Jean Hall

This bird was banded on Harbor Island, South Carolina on October 18, 2011 and has been seen in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and New Jersey. Many Red Knots migrate up to 18,000 miles a year traveling between the wintering grounds in Argentina and the breeding grounds on the Arctic tundra. The lagoon and mud flats of Marco Island serve as critical stopover sites used by the birds to rest and refuel during their long migration. Migrating Red Knots have just started arriving on Marco so head out to the Tigertail lagoon if you would like to see this amazing bird.

Adam DiNuovo is the Lee/Collier Shorebird Program Manager and has been working with seabirds and shorebirds from coast to coast for 20 years. He also manages the beach stewardship program which sends volunteers out each weekend during the breeding season to educate beach goers about Marco’s beach nesting birds. If you would like to volunteer, please email colliershorebirdstewards@gmail.com. If you see a banded bird email Adam at adinuovo@audubon.org.

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