Hear Migratory Bird Studies At Nature On Tap

Karen Paramanandam will facilitate a discussion about alternative energy for Los Alamos at Nature on Tap. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Which birds visit local area canyons and mesas during their migration?

Biologists are conducting a study of migratory bird populations at a site in Bandelier’s backcountry. By catching, measuring, observing, banding, and releasing birds, they hope to identify which species visit Bandelier along their journey. What have they learned so far? How will this data help us in the future?

To answer to these and other questions, the community is invited to take part in an informal discussion with Sarah Milligan and Diana Vazquez at Nature on Tap at 5:30 p.m. today at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square.

Nature on Tap, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is part of an informal discussion series started by the Los Alamos Creative District. At each Nature on Tap event, the topic is introduced by a facilitator, and then it is opened up to the group for informal discussion.

Sarah Milligan, who started working at Bandelier in 2009, oversees Bandelier’s bird banding program. She has a master’s degree in Ecological Restoration, and she is excited to share her passion for the program with others.

Diana Vazquez Balbuena, a biologist from Mexico, worked with birds during her undergraduate and graduate education. She has a special interst in bird conservation and how birds help in forest restoration and regeneration. Diana currently works in Bandelier as an International Intern with the bird banding program.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.


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