This is a photo of a bird being released after being banded. This event that took place at the Ellis Bird Farm is a big deal especially to the scientific community.In this photo the host of Ellis Bird Farm, Myrna Pearman, is holding the female Purple Martin The attachments to the birds are geo-locators. They are sensitive to light and can tell the scientists how much light there is and with this information, pinpoint location and how fast they travel. The reason why they attached this back pack at this location is that this area of Alberta is one of the northern points in the Purple Martin’s migration. Scientist Bridget Stutchbury discovered one of the birds that were fitted with a geo-locator travelled from Brazil to Pennsylvania in 13 days, an average of 233-577 km per day.Amazing feat.
You will hear more from me about the Ellis Bird Farm when I hopefully will attend the bluebird festival in July- they support the highest nesting density of Mountain Bluebirds ever recorded. Right now they are not doing tours because some of the population suffered as a result of a spring snow storm in past years.