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Visit to River Point Bird Observatory (Falmouth, ME)
April 24 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 amFree
Patrick Keenan and the River Point Banding Team of Portland-based Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) will demonstrate BRI’s bird banding process and introduce guests to the tools used in its research. Visitors will likely have the opportunity to see birds in the hand – up close and personal – while learning about bird habitat, biology and ecology as banders process birds and release them back to the wild.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see birds up close and watch field science in action. The information gleaned from tracking banded birds can unlock centuries-old mysteries about the travels of our feathered friends. Join us for this unique experience!
Guests should expect to be outside in a natural area (River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth) for the duration of the visit. Bring binoculars, field guides, and keen eyes. Participants will be responsible for travel to and from River Point. Participation limited to 15 people. Rain date: May 1.
Patrick Keenan is a graduate of Colby College (2000) and earned a MS in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming (2007). Over the last 20 years Patrick has participated in research and conservation work in many capacities – as a student, bird biologist, project manager, volunteer and intern coordinator, researcher and collaborator, educator, and outreach and bird observatory director.
Much of this work has occurred at Biodiversity Research Institute where he has worked since 2007, currently serving as the Education and Outreach Director. Patrick enjoys time with his family including hiking and camping, playing and coaching soccer, gardening, and keeping the family chickens away from the neighborhood fox.