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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.

downy woodpecker in handWinter Banding at the Nature Center

Winter bird banding has been on-going during the months of January and February since 1983. This research helps scientists better understand long-term trends in species composition, population size, timing of arrival and departure for birds who winter here but breed further north, and species longevity.

Attend our Winter Bird Day on February 27 from noon until 4 p.m.!

Learn about wintering song birds such as woodpeckers (like the downy to the left!) and cardinals in Warner Park and prepare your habitat for the return of neo-tropical migrants (such as the oriole below) in April.

For the safety of the birds, banding research will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Visit our Winter Bird Day event page on Facebook for more information.

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

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.