Press-Republican

May 3, 2013

Feathered friends flock to Crown Point

LOHR McKINSTRY
Press-Republican

CROWN POINT — The Crown Point Bird Banding Association will begin bird-banding on the grounds of Crown Point State Historic Site this Saturday morning.

Many species of birds make stops near Lake Champlain in Crown Point as they migrate north in the spring.

The banding is led by licensed master bander Gordon E. Howard, a professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site has hired experienced bird bander Gary Lee to give a public lecture at 1 p.m. Saturday in the site’s museum auditorium.

“Thirty-eight years of Bird Banding during May at Crown Point State Historic Site” will be the title of the Power-Point presentation by the the retired forest ranger, naturalist, columnist and author.

No admission will be charged to attend the wheelchair-accessible bird-banding presentation, Site Director Thomas Hughes said.

“Consistently for more than three dozen years, the all-volunteer Crown Point Bird Banding Association has devoted great effort and care into gathering and recording ornithological data during spring migration on the Crown Point peninsula,” Hughes said in a news release.

“Mr. Lee’s educational indoor presentation is scheduled to take place at the start of the 15-day bird-banding work at Crown Point this year.”

Hughes said seating is limited to 77 people and will be on a first-come basis. Parking will be available near the museum.

BANDING STATION

After the presentation, interested guests will be led on a 1/3-mile walk each way to visit the bird-banding station.

The station was established in 1976 by J.M.C. “Mike” Peterson. It operates under a permit from the State Department of Environmental Conservation with the cooperation of Crown Point State Historic Site.

Hughes said the banders hope to remain in operation during daylight hours through Saturday, May 18.

SITE SPRUCE-UP

Saturday is also I Love My Park Day in New York state, and volunteers will be doing cleanup at Crown Point State Historic Site and Point au Roche State Park in Beekmantown.

More information on that effort is available at http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com