Volunteers are needed to assist Tremont and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by monitoring birds through bird banding on June 14, July 22, July 5, July 25, Aug. 2 and Aug. 8.
Scientists estimate that there are nearly 230 different species of birds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Thirty-four species considered endangered, threatened or of conservation concern have been observed in the park.
The Smokies is considered one of the most important habitats for birds in the Eastern U.S. For the past 12 years, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont has been assisting the park in monitoring these birds through bird banding.
Bird banding sessions typically last 5 to 6 hours beginning with set-up a half hour before sunrise. Participants do not have to attend the entire session. Dress should be weather appropriate and participants should bring snacks, water, and rain gear. Participants should also be prepared for bugs, poison ivy and the occasional stream.