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.
Winter Banding at the Nature Center
Banding sessions will be announced via the Nature Center Facebook page in January and February. Sessions may be canceled due to weather or staffing issues.
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
Important Bird Area
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
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.