A banded Flicker takes off after contributing to Bandelier’s research efforts. Photo by Daniel Dorantes
Join in a discussion about the 2017 bird banding experience with Bandelier biologist Sarah Milligan and bird banding interns Daniel Dorantes and Kim Geissler 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at UnQuarked Wine Bar at 145 Central Park Square.
This program offers a way to hear about the avian research going on in Bandelier and ask any questions about bird species that live in and visit our local national monument. The bird banding team will describe this year’s banding experience, including the types of birds and their abundance this year compared to the past.
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 facilitator introduces the topic and then invites the group to engage in an informal discussion.
Sarah Milligan started working at Bandelier National Monument in 2009, as the Fee Program Manager. During her career at Bandelier, she completed a master’s degree in Ecological Restoration and is now the Bio Science Tech at Bandelier. She is also responsible for the park’s bird banding program, and has learned a great deal from participating in the fieldwork. Sarah is excited to share her knowledge and discuss migratory bird populations with the community.
Kim Geissler studied conservation and ecology in college, and since she has been traveling throughout the western United States conducting avian fieldwork.
Geissler first learned to band birds in 2014 with Point Blue Conservation Science and has also banded in Utah and Montana. After fall migration, Geissler will be working at Audubon Starr Ranch in southern California as the Seasonal Ornithologist.
Daniel Dorantes graduated with a biology degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM). Dorantes worked as a Scarlet Macaw Technician from 2015-2016, and went on to be a Migration Count Assistant during the hawk migration last fall in Mexico. Over the summer, he worked as an intern in Bandelier National Monument in the Bird Banding Program. His passions include conservation biology and wildlife photography.