The Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory is excited to announce our new Bander in Charge, Robyn Perkins!
Robyn is a familiar face for many of you as she has been our field assistant at the station for the past three seasons and she grew up in Slave Lake! She graduated from the University of Alberta, Augustana campus with a B.Sc in Environmental Sciences (2016). She is a licenced bander and has participated in other avian research opportunities at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory, Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, and even a behavioural research project in Henan China.
So you could get to know her a little better, we asked her a few questions.
What are some of your favourite things at the LSLBO. #1: "Being able to spend the field season outside and watch the seasons change and the birds change with them. Even the quiet days are a unique meditative bliss" #2 "Educating members of the public on birds, especially the visitors that are simply awestruck when you pull a bird out of one of the banding bags and then ask incitement questions".
What are you excited about in this new position: "Mostly for being back outside collecting data. I’m also pretty excited to meet whoever it is that will be assisting in the banding operations and getting to know them. It will be an opportunity to network with at least one person with experience at another station and get yet another perspective on innovative ways to increase our data quality, efficiency, and bird safety".
Well, the owl nets are packed away, we had a great going away party for Rich, Nicole and Michelle...so it is officially a wrap for our avian monitoring programs this season. It was one of our busiest falls at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory with 3351 birds banded from 62 different species during fall migration monitoring. Plus we banded another 186 Northern saw-whet owls, 3 Boreal owls, and even recaptured a Barred owl from 2009. Huge thank you to all our staff, volunteers, sponsors and community supporters who make our programs happen every year, and we hope to see you at the LSLBO in the spring! ... See MoreSee Less