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May 9, 2014

Bird banding planned at Crown Point

CROWN POINT  — Crown Point State Historic Site opens for the 2014 season Saturday, May 10, with lots of bird banding.

The activity, held at the volunteer banding station on the site grounds, is in its 39th year and runs from May 10 through 24.

Both Crown Point State Historic Site and nearby Fort Ticonderoga will open Saturday at 9 a.m.

Opening weekend marks the 239th anniversary of the Green Mountain Boys’ seizure from the British military of cannon at Fort Ti on May 10 and at Crown Point on May 11 in 1775.

“Bird banding is an effort to identify and track different species of migratory birds that pass through the region every year, so as to better collect ecological data and improve conservation efforts,” Crown Point Site Manager Thomas Hughes said in a news release.

“Many thousands of birds — more than 100 species — have been banded there in the years since the station opened in 1976.”

A Bird Conservation Area is located on the grounds of Crown Point State Historic Site, at the tip of the Crown Point peninsula, just south of the Champlain Bridge to Vermont.

Jutting northward into Lake Champlain, the peninsula serves as a migrant trap in spring, concentrating waves of northbound birds in thickets west of the British fort ruin.

The State Historic Site is a designated an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society.

The public is invited to visit the station during daylight hours.

As many as 27 species of colorful warblers are seen at this banding station every May.

Visitors are invited to stop at the interpretive kiosk on the left side of the entry road to view a map showing the location of the bird banding station, proceed to the main parking lot, then continue on foot to the banding site.

For more information, contact master bander Gordon Howard of the Crown Point Banding Association at ghoward@clemson.edu.

The Crown Point Historic Site museum is open Thursdays through Mondays, 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Both the British and French fort ruins at Crown Point are registered National Historic Landmarks.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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