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Bird Information, Research, and Data Program

Bird Information Research and Data (B.I.R.D.) is a year-round program for bird conservation,habitat protection and education made possible by dedicated staff, volunteers, and partners- including Metro Parks, Warner Park Nature Center, and Friends of Warner Parks.

orange and black Baltimore Oriole bird

What does banding tell us about migration? Much of the knowledge comes in bits, eventually forming a mosaic of where birds of a given species travel. Banding proves that birds often return to precisely the same place to nest each year, and more recently it has shown that some exhibit the same fidelity to their wintering sites in the tropics.
– Scott Weidensaul, Living On The Wind

Spring News

Spring Bird Banding Begins

Join us for our 36th year of spring migration banding, which takes place at the picnic tables next to the pond on the Nature Center campus. Observe permitted staff and volunteers as they age, measure and weigh birds captured at the Nature Center. Listen and watch for birds seen and heard around the research site that day as well.

Please keep in mind that banding research is weather dependent and will be canceled if weather is inclement--too hot, too cold, too rainy. The safety of the birds and our staff is paramount.

April Banding Sessions

  • April 2, 8 a.m.-Noon
  • April 9, 8 a.m.-Noon
  • April 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • April 23, Noon-4 p.m.
  • April 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • April 30, 8 a.m.-Noon

Spring Nature Celebration

girl in orange shirt smiling and holding a hummingbird

Birds bring smiles, and this is your opportunity to view them up close during this awesome festival. Permitted staff and volunteers will conduct bird banding research during our annual spring festival on April 27 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Arrive early or drop by later in the day to observe Louisiana waterthrush, summer tanagers, indigo buntings and other summer migrants. Visitors can join bird sit-ins, bird hikes and other activities throughout the day celebrating our returning spring migrants and resident feathered friends. Nashville Public Television, the Bellevue Branch of the Nashville Public Library and Turnip Green Creative Reuse will offer activities as well! This event is free and no registration is required. All ages are welcome! Follow event details at our Facebook event page.

Important Bird Area

bright red bird with black wings and tail feathers held in a hand

Important Bird Area (IBA) is a global effort to identify and conserve areas that are vital to birds and biodiversity and is directed by BirdLife International and coordinated in the Americas by National Audubon Society.

IBA's are key sites for conservation- small enough to be conserved in the entirety and often already part of a protected- area network. In Tennessee, this program is coordinated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

Learn more about the Warner Park Important Bird Area

Protecting the Birds in Warner Parks

warbler bird

Thoreau said that the bluebird carries the sky on his back. You can help the bluebirds, hummingbirds, and warblers to continue to soar by donating to the BIRD program through Friends of Warner Parks. Give a CHIRP to provide funds for bird banding, research, and educational programs. Don't forget to check out the numerous bird-related programs offered at the Nature Center throughout the year.